Getting your baby potty trained is one of the most difficult tasks but also one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do. In the beginning, you may think it’s impossible, but nothing could be further from the truth. With some consistency and a few helpful tips and tricks, they’ll be growing in confidence and using their potty on their own in no time. Read on for the secrets that will help you potty train your child successfully.
How to spot the signs of readiness to start potty training
The first, and one of the most important things is to make sure your child is ready. If your child isn’t ready, it’ll make the process more frustrating and less enjoyable for you both. So, keep an eye out for these key signs of readiness.
- They can stay dryer for longer. If your child can stay dry for at least two hours, it may be a sign they are ready to begin potty training.
- They are able to follow simple directions. This is a must before starting potty training. If your child is unable to follow and understand simple directions, it’s just going to lead to confusion and frustration for you both. However, if your child can follow and understand directions such as “choose a book”, “go to the kitchen” or “hold this for me, please”, then it’s a good sign that they’re ready.
- They are showing signs of independence. If your child is showing signs of wanting to do things for themselves, and attempting to do more things on their own, this is a good sign they may be ready.
- If they can demonstrate an understanding of when they need to go to the bathroom or can show you that they have an awareness of their bodily functions, then you have a prime candidate for starting potty training.
How to start the potty-training process
Potty training is a challenging process for parents and caregivers. It can be hard to know what it takes to be successful. Research has shown that positive reinforcement and consistency are two of the most important ingredients. If you follow these two principles, you will be a lot more likely to have a successful potty-training experience.
The next thing you should consider is investing in some high-quality training diapers. Training diapers have a stretchy waistband and so can be pulled up and down quickly. Having pants they can pull down themselves will help your child to grow in confidence, while the diaper element provides a backup when little accidents happen. Using a super soft, lightweight, and comfortable diaper will get your child used to the feel of traditional pants and so is a perfect stepping stone.
Potty training can certainly be a difficult process, but it’s so important to your baby’s cognitive and emotional development. Make sure you are doing everything you can to help your child succeed.
But our last secret to successful potty training is simply patience. Being as patient as you can during the potty-training process will send signals to your child that they’re doing great, they don’t need to feel stressed, and that you’re there to help them, every step of the way.