During the summer I wrote a post on our potty training journey with Dexter.
As posts go it was a bit of a long one so I thought I’d do a sort of summary post for those that are looking for some quick tips.
Dexter managed to pick it up in just 3 days and has done brilliantly ever since. If you want to read the full post, you can find it here but if quick tips are more your thing, read on my friend…
1 – Lay the groundwork.
Potty training is one of those things that we as parents, will all have to cover. Help to manage your child’s expectations by preparing them for what, although it may be way off at the moment, is inevitable. Have a potty in the room that you spend most of your time in so that your child gets used to it being around. Take them to the toilet with you so they get used to being in there and see how bigger people do it.
2 – Make it exciting.
Take them shopping for knickers and pants. Let them choose some and make a big deal out of it. Get books to read about it too and find toilet training episodes of their favourite programs. We got a book I just happened to spot in the pound shop and he loved it.
3 – Positive reinforcement.
We had a bag full of individually wrapped treats which were anything from small toys to sweets and books etc. Every time Dexter went on the potty or toilet he was allowed to pick one from the bag. He loved it and had tremendous fun unwrapping each one
4 – Have a pantless day.
Although you’ve just gone out and bought new undies and made a big fuss about them, hold off using them for at least the first day. We found with Dexter, having to pull them up and down slowed him down and caused accidents as we couldn’t help him quick enough. Once they’ve got the hang of it, introduce pants only and then back to normal clothes after that. Removing obstacles makes a big difference.
5 – Stay positive.
Yes, there will be mess, it may be a slow process and there will be moments you feel like its going backwards but you will get there in the end. Kids pick up on things so easily so keep any negative feelings out of site and paste on that happy, proud face. If you need to, fake it till you make it
Do you have any tips to share? What was the best piece of potty training advice you ever got? I’d love to hear in the comments.