The usual story goes something like this:
When your baby is born you marvel at every wonder, you enjoy every moment. Family and friends come to surround you with love and concern and ofcourse tips, advice from their own experience.
When it comes to potty training, things are no different. Every parent in your family will have their own tips and advice to share with you, stuff that worked well with their kid, and so on.
But you see, children are so unique and have such different personalities and tempers that what might work very well for one toddler might not work at all for your child. This doesn’t mean that the method is not good, but you just have to adapt it to your own childs personality.
Here I’m going to share with you the only tips you’ll ever going to need, all of which can be adapted to your child’s needs, so that training him or her how to use the potty will be an enjoyable and relaxing experience for both.
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- Toilet Training Tips That Work Every Time
- 1. Add high-fiber foods to your child’s meals
- 2. Do not involve multiple people in the actual training process
- 3. Timing is everything
- 4. Praise him or her for every progress, no matter how small
- 5. Allow your child to familiarize with the bathroom/toilet weeks before you start
- 6. Try different types of rewards until you get it right
- 7. Make changing diapers a tedious chore for your child aswell
- 8. Always keep things on the positive side
- 9. Know when it’s time to take a break
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Toilet Training Tips That Work Every Time
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1. Add high-fiber foods to your child’s meals
Food that is rich in fiber help control constipation by retaining fluids in the stools, keeping them soft and easily passable.
The easiest way to do this is to serve your child high fiber cereals on a daily basis.
Other foods rich in fiber like brocolli, sweet potatoes, spinach and cabbage are also a great addition to your child’s diet.
Yogurt with added fiber can also be added to your toddler’s meals. High fiber yogurts are just as tasty as regular yogurts which most small children usually enjoy eating.
If you’re serving sandwiches, make sure you use high fiber wheat bread. Fruits like apples, pears, prunes and apricots are a tasty way to add fiber to your toddler’s meals. Prunes and apricots, beside being rich in fiber also have a laxative effect.
Fiber-rich meals will make toilet training your child easier for both of you, but it’s also a great way of introducing healthy foods in your child’s nutrition.
2. Do not involve multiple people in the actual training process
It’s better for both you and for your child, that only one person should be involved in the actual potty training. The ideal teacher or trainer should be the parent who’s been most active in daily teaching activities.
If husband or wife, or grandma helps, make sure they use the same vocabulary when refering to activities that pertain to potty routines, so the child doesn’t get confused.
Still, it will be a lot easier and relaxing if the parent who has seen the readiness signs and has already established a stronger connection with the child to be the one in charge of toilet training him or her.
3. Timing is everything
This might seem obvious, but here is where a lot of modern day parents screw things up. You are ready to toilet train your child when you can commit the time and energy it takes to encourage your him or her on a daily basis.
But, even if you’re ready, that does not mean that so is your child. To know for sure when is the right time to start toilet training him you must be involved in all areas of your child’s learning.
Before any potty training attempt is made, you must be prepared to set aside the time in which you’ll devote all your attention and focus on the baby. Don’t schedule anything if you need to handle other things that demand your input.
4. Praise him or her for every progress, no matter how small
Teaching your child how to use the potty is all about many small steps which lead up to the end goal, you child using the potty by himself. The key here is to always see the step forward your toddler takes.
The best way to encourage a small child to do anything is to make a huge deal out of every time he or she tries. If your toddler tells you that she has to go poo or pee, even if accidents happen, praise her for telling you and always reassure her that next time will be better.
When your kid is already comfortable with the potty, even if he just sits there without doing anything, offer him praise even for trying.
Even if your child doesn’t do a complete routine successfully, give praise about any part of the process that he is
able to do.
5. Allow your child to familiarize with the bathroom/toilet weeks before you start
Having your child present while you’re using the toilet is a good way to make him feel comfortable and relaxed in the bathroom.
Letting him perform easier routines which don’t require too much of his concentration, like flushing the toilet or bunching up toilet paper, will reduce the chance of potty training being a frustrating and stressful experience for both you and the child.
6. Try different types of rewards until you get it right
Rewards work, no matter what anyone else tells you, it’s all about figuring a reward system that matches your parenting style and does not contradict with what your child expects from you.
For training, sweets like M&Ms, mini marshmallows or even jelly beans tend to work very well. You can easily devise a system in which the child receives one or two pieces of sweet each time he or she goes in the potty, but if he also wipes which is a very big deal he gets double the prize.
Some kids might go for sweets but you can also try offering a coloring book, a small toy. You can take this further by buying gift bags which you can fill with pee and poop prizes from which your toddler can choose everytime he goes in the potty.
If your child is a boy, you can decorate their outfits with stickers just like a military officer’s jacket and allow them to show off in front of other family members. If you’re toilet training a toddler girl, an extra bed time story or a dance or song which you can make up on the spot is known to work very well.
7. Make changing diapers a tedious chore for your child aswell
Before starting to potty train your toddlerF son or daughter you should make changing their diaper a bit tedious, making it feel like it’s an ugly chore for them aswell, after a while the potty will seem like the easier way for him to pee and poop.
After you’ve changed your child take time to show him how a messy diaper looks, and together, dump it’s contents into a training bowl while explaining to him that this is where pee and poop belongs, and that it is there for him next time he has to go.
8. Always keep things on the positive side
If you want a stress-free toilet training experience you need to have a positive attitude constantly. No matter how many accidents happen until your child finally masters going in the potty, training him should have no negative effects.
The key reaction from your part is to always appreciate and praise even the smallest progress made by your child, rather than being irritated by the occasional accidents that are bound to happen.
Staying positive is also good for you, the trainer, motivating you to persistent in your action no matter what. If a child becomes a bit difficult, starts screaming, or resists any incentives, continue to stay positive and try to ease the pressure.
9. Know when it’s time to take a break
If you see your child is simply not ready for training don’t force him. Yes you should be persistent in your teaching endeavours but sometimes there can be other conditions which are causing stress and resistance.
Once emotional distress signs can be noticed in your child’s behavior, toilet training should be postponed for at least a month, then try a different approach. Simple accidents which are perfectly normal are not the same thing as your child refusing to participate in any activities.
Toilet training requires a cooperative child and willing parents in order to be successful.
If these pointers are not enough for you then make sure you also watch the video below cause it contains more simple and yet very effective tips to help you toilet train your little boy or girl.