I will start off by saying I am by no means an expert at potty training. I only have one child who is potty trained, I still have an 18 month old who is in nappies and I am quite okay with that. But my 3-year-old is both night and day potty trained and I thought maybe I can pass on some tips that helped us out for anyone whose about to start this journey with their toddler.
I will also be using these tips for our daughter when I feel she is ready to be potty trained too. Noah is a very defiant toddler so I thought we would have our work cut out for us with training him, but he actually took to it easily. Like way too easily. Like I am expecting the ball to drop somewhere. Siena will probably be the tough one!
When it came to night training Noah did that all by himself. I don’t think we can take too much credit. We did have a couple of accidents but for the most part we are really proud with how he transitioned. It started because he did not want to wear his pull-up anymore and we were sick of the battle of trying to get him to wear one. So if he would wake in the night (like he normally does to come into our bed) we would ask him if he needs to go to the bathroom, we still do and he will either want to or not.
6 Tips For Successful Potty Training
- Introduce the potty early. We bought the potty around 20 months for Noah. He knew what it was, he saw it there so he was familiar with it when the time came to train, which was a few months after his second birthday.
- Buy potty training toddler books, this one my mum sent me, it’s very cute and funny, we also have this one, toddlers love to press the button and hear it flush. There are many others out there.
- Treat system. Some people are for treats, some are against them, you as a parent know what style you want but smarties really helped with us. I would just give 2-3 each pee or poop and it worked great for us. It was also really easy to phase out.
- Get a cute potty. I know some parents go shopping for one with their toddler and have them pick one out. We had both a sit down potty like this one and one that goes over the toilet like this one. It’s also helpful to have little steps they can move to the toilet and to the basin to wash their hands.
- Always ask them if they need to pee or poop and remind them where the potty is.
- The most important one of all, don’t push them. If they aren’t ready then they aren’t ready. They cannot be forced to understand the concept. Wait a few months and try again.
Keep in mind that potty training is messy. It’s not always easy, there are going to be accidents to clean up and lots of washing. But it’s something they have to learn. So get our your wipes and disinfectant spray and surrender to this unpleasant yet short period of time.
If you can think of any other tips of tricks write them in the comments!