Helping Your Kid Master Potty Training in A Week – Or Less
Hey, mama! Are you having a hard time potty training your little one? We know that juggling between mommy duties and business can be a tough balance. So, today, let us help you potty train your little one with a few tips that helped us with ours—so you can maximize your time and still grow your business while still being the best mom!
Potty training is essentially helping your child establish a habit, in this case, the routine of peeing and pooping in the right place. Stay-at-home mothers have the advantage because this means you’re right within easy reach when your little kiddo says, “I need to go.” Still it can be a bit of a challenge for some mothers, so here are some quick pointers on how to potty train your toddler in a week or less!
Create a scenario where the potty is in actual use
On Day 1 of potty training, introduce the potty to your child. Tell your baby what it does and what he/she is supposed to do with it. Most important, create a routine that will force interaction between the potty and your child.
After breakfast and a drink, bring your little one to the potty and tell him that he is to use that potty to pee after drinking that extra drink at breakfast – always. In another instance, you can instruct that the potty is to be used for peeing right before going to bed. Do this routine without fail, everyday for a week, so your little one will come to know how and when to use the potty.
Even without a toddler who cannot speak, he will get accustomed to the context of the new routine you are introducing and will associate it with the new task.
Say a temporary goodbye to underwear
Child experts explain that an underwear feels like a diaper to kids – it’s something to catch poop and pee. So by having your child go naked for a week, you’re conditioning the little one that there’s nothing to catch poop or pee so they’ll need to use the potty.
If your kid doesn’t fancy going naked, you can dress him/her in a long shirt and explain that there is no underwear or diaper to catch anything.
And yes, accidents are bound to happen, which is why it’s important to stay as close to your kids as much as possible. When an incident happens, it’s important to explain to the child in the gentlest of way what should be done.
Similarly, when an ‘accident’ is averted with a trip to the potty, a little praise and small treats can be a great incentive.
Make potty training fun with rewards
Learning a new habit is very much like learning a new skill: The tendency to perform the task is higher if there is a reward that awaits the completion of the task. It’s the basic rule of motivation and reward.
A little bribery certainly wouldn’t hurt. For every successful use of the potty, reward your child with extra hour of playtime, a toy, some goodies – anything that they consider a reward for something done right.
Don’t also forget to heap on the praise. It’s important for them to hear from you that they did something you like.
Observe the ‘accidents’
Equally important also is to know what are the triggers for these incidents when your child cannot or does not want to use the potty. In the week you’re potty training, keep note of the time, place or reasons for these accidents.
It could happen usually at the end of the day when your child is tired and does not walk to walk, or when he’s playing with others outside and distracted or busy to let you know that he/she needs to pee.
A bonus reminder: Be creative. Children’s anxiety during potty training can stem from many things, such as the loud automatic flushing of the toilets that they find noisy, or the scary big toilet seats. Allay their fears by sticking a Post-it on the sensor to prevent the automatic flushing or bring a portable potty or disposable toilet covers for when they’re too scared to sit on the big seats.
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If any of the tips above work for you, let us know in the comments below! Are there any other tips you can add?