If your bandana bib wearing toddler is starting to show interest in the potty, then today's post is for you. Nothing strikes fear into the heart of a parent more than the mentioning of the dreaded potty training (insert horror movie sound effect here). It's true. Potty training can be scary. But it's also kind of exciting. At the end of the road is a toilet trained tot, with no more diapers to change, or to buy for that matter. And that is something to celebrate! We thought we'd set you off on the right foot, with a few pointers:
- Potty training will be WAY easier if you wait until your child shows some interest in the commode. Waiting until your little one is ready will make a huge difference in the success of your child. Don't rush him or her into something they may not be ready for. Every child is different, so don't stress too much if your little one's playmates are ready before he is.
- Find a system that works for you and embrace it. There are a myriad of resources available for the potty-training-clueless parent. Do a little research and find a method that fits your parenting style. Having a set of "rules" to follow can take the guess work out of the process and make things easier for you. You can even glean ideas from different experts and combine them into something that works better for you. Once you have a process in place, stick with it, and give it time to work.
- No matter what your chosen potty training method, remember that practice makes perfect, and this process is going to require a LOT of patience. Accidents are going to happen, and that's ok!
- Try to stay close to home for the first few days that your child is training. For the first day, you may even want to camp out right outside the bathroom, so the trainee doesn't have far to run, in case of emergency. (Our blankets make a great play mat, toilet training time included!) Make it fun! Play games together, snuggle and watch a show on the iPad, build towers, you name it.
- Shower your little one with lots and LOTS of praise. Let them know that even the smallest success is huge and don't shame them when they have a few failures along the way. Focus on the positive.
- Get yourself a well-deserved pint of Ben and Jerry's to enjoy at the end of day one. We recommend The Tonight Dough. Try it. You won't be sorry.