Day 1 is probably the “hardest”, especially if you also have a day job and you’re not used to staying at home the whole day.
This will take a lot of patience. You’ll have to constantly be on the lookout for any signs that your child needs to use the potty. At first you’ll probably not notice their need to go until they’re already going. As soon as you see him or her going just place them quickly on the potty so they can finish going there.
One of the most useful potty training advice I can give you is that it’s never to soon to start rewarding your childs behaviour.
General guidelines for DAY 1 of the potty training process
The potty should always be in the bathroom
In the long run, it’s better that the potty chair stays in the bathroom everytime your child uses it, as opposed to any other location like the garden or in front of the TV.
Set the training tone for the day
Some parents go for the bare-bottom approach, I recommend that you use real underwear from the start. Begin the training with a bit of a story the moment your child wakes up and you take off his diaper.
Explain to your child exactly what is the potty chair for and what his goal is. Let him have a practice run and try to make it clear that this is the only place where he should go pee or poo.
Have cleaning tools nearby
Remember that accidents are a natural part of the learning process. The best way to deal with them is to move on. Have a change of clothes prepared at all times.
No matter how small, always reward positive behaviour
Yes, rewards work very well. And luckily I’ve written a very extensive article on potty training rewards here.
Naptime and Nighttime
It’s very common that accidents during naps or at night will still happen even after your child has successfully mastered using the potty during the day.
I’ve covered this here: 7 Ways to Survive Night-Time Potty Training When You’re Completely Exhausted
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