Potty Training Advice

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Here is my advice for potty-training parents based on years of talking to other parents, teachers and my own experience as a preschool educator and mother of three. Many articles I’ve read throughout the years focus on the child being ready. While that is important, I believe the parents, grandparents or any person who will be caring for the child while potty training must ready as well.

  1. Be mentally ready to have lots of patience and be understanding when your child has an accident. Say, “its ok, next time we have to get to the potty sooner,” without showing frustration.
  2. Be physically ready to help the child change into clean clothes, wash soiled laundry, change the car seat cover and dispose of the dirty one*, pack a bag with 3-6 outfits depending how long you will away, check with your child to see if they need to use the bathroom every 15-30mins to an hour (depending on your child) etc. etc.
    • Seat Covers: You can use disposable underpads also known as Chux Pads on their car seat or bed/cot. This avoids having to wash car seat/sheets. Just dispose of it and add a new one.
  3. Invest in the purchase of lots of underwear and elastic waist pants or leggings that are easy for the child to pull up and down on their own. This aids in their independence which is important during this process.
  4. Be ready to say BYE to diapers AND Pull-ups. ONLY USE UNDERWEAR. Once you decide to use underwear then there should be no going back to diapers or pull-ups.*
    • Use pulls-up at night. Once your child wakes up with a dry pull-up it’s time to transition to underwear at night as well. There may be a few accidents but it will reinforce that they either hold it until morning or get up to use the restroom at night.

While every child is different and there may be exceptions, these steps have assisted many parents and teachers with achieving potty training success. I also recommend trying for at least 2 weeks before giving up. At which point give it some time and try again when you feel you are both ready to.

Want to share your own experiences or more tips, please comment below. Thank you!

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