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Potty training can be SUPER unenjoyable for everyone involved. It is one of my least favorite parenting tasks, but it’s just something you gotta do.
I’ve done it a few times so I’m sharing what I’ve learned along the way!
It is really important that you be mentally ready to take on potty training as well, so be sure to check out this post –> How to Mentally Prepare for Potty Training.
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Potty training will be so much easier if your child is ready for it!
No matter how expertly you explain peeing and pooping to your child if he’s not ready, it won’t work. And you’ll both end up frustrated!
Just like anything else in life, readiness makes things go much more smoothly.
Signs of readiness can differ for each child but for a great reference check out this post –> Potty Training Readiness Checklist
2) Pick a method and stick with it
There are so many potty training methods out there! Just pick one.
Pick whichever one you think will work best for you and your child, and go with it.
I’m a big fan of going to straight to wearing underwear and setting a timer to go potty every 30 minutes. Some people prefer easing into with pull-ups. It’s up to you!
Another great option that I’ve heard really good feedback about is the Oh! Crap: Potty Training method.
The book is simple and a quick read with very specific and step-by-step instructions.
Make sure to reward your child for doing well. Offer an incentive for peeing and pooping in the potty.
I like to offer something small like M&M’s or chocolate chips, but if your child is more excited about stickers than go with a sticker chart.
Use whatever you think will motivate your child the most! You know them best and each child has a different ‘currency’.
4) Make it fun
Try to make potty training as fun as you possibly can! Get them excited about every little thing.
Take them with you to buy fun new big kid underwear. Get a cute training potty. Put the treats or rewards in a jar right on the counter where it’s visible.
Make a cute sticker chart and let them pick out the stickers they’re going to use. Have a big prize at the end that the can earn!
Another great idea is to get a couple books on the subject.
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