Potty Training Toddlers 101: Tips for Successful Potty Training

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by Azure Sullivan

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03.21.2022

Potty Training Toddlers 101: Tips for Successful Potty Training

Kids Health Secrets | Blue Emerald Wellness

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Ready to potty train your toddler? Get started with these expert tips that will make the process easier – and less messy!

Potty training is a challenging time for both parents and toddlers. It is an important stage in the development of your child, so it’s not something you want to rush through or get wrong! This blog post shares tips for potty training that will help make this process successful.

The first step in potty training is to decide when you want to start. Some parents choose to start as soon as their child shows signs of being ready, while others wait until the child is a little older. There is no right or wrong answer, so pick what works best for you and your toddler.

Once you’ve decided when you want to start, the next step is preparation. You don’t want your toddler walking around with wet or dirty diapers all day long (and accidents will happen). So stock up on training pants and underwear for them before beginning this process!

Another important part of potty training that many parents forget about is rewards. Toddlers love immediate gratification, so offering a reward for going potty is key to the process. The best rewards are stickers or gold stars because toddlers love them and they will want to earn more!

The last step in potty training is letting your child take control of it while still being supportive. This usually happens around 18 months old, but may vary depending on the child. You want your toddler to feel like they are in charge of this new task and that you are there to help them when needed.

5 Keys For Parents

toddler on a potty seat

1) Practice Patience – Potty training is a process that takes time and patience. There will be setbacks, but don’t get discouraged!

“Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

-Unknown

This quote is very applicable when it comes to potty training. It’s going to take some time for your toddler to learn how to use the potty well and on their own.

2) Stick To A Routine

asian toddler boy holding a red clock

Find a time every day where you can sit down and practice using the potty. It could be after breakfast, before nap, or right when they get home from school. Having a routine will help them know what to expect next and it’s always better to go on a schedule rather than waiting until your toddler asks for it!

3) Be Consistent  – When you tell your toddler it’s time to use the potty, make sure they know exactly what that means. If they need help getting on the potty or pulling down their pants, assist and teach along the way. Teach communication – lack of communication will only lead to more accidents and frustrations for both of you.

4) Use Rewards  – As mentioned before, rewards are a great way to motivate your toddler. When they go potty, give them a sticker or gold star and let them know how proud you are of them!

This will help foster positive reinforcement and make sure they want to keep going!

“I’m so proud of you for using the potty”

5) Praise, Praise, Praise  – When your toddler does go potty, make sure to praise them for it! This is a huge step in the learning process and you want them to know how proud of them you are.

Don’t forget that accidents will happen along the way – this isn’t something they can learn overnight, so be patient with your child’s progress

Following these tips will help make potty training a successful experience for both you and your toddler! Good luck!

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Authored by Azure Sullivan

Reviewed by Dr. Christopher Haines

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