How to Potty Train Your Toddler
Potty training is a big part of my life. I’m sure you’re all jealous. W is beginning to show signs of being ready for potty training. And it’s a daily goal for some of my students at work. So yes, I’m all about the potty training right now. I’ve been reading a lot about how to potty train your toddler these days.
When I was pregnant, I was one of those moms who considering working on potty training with W from a very young age. The idea appealed to me but required that I be with him almost all of the time. I was teaching full-time at that point so it wasn’t really a viable option for us.
So far at home, we have been working on the beginnings of potty training. I let W come into the bathroom with when I need to go. I’m a huge believer in modeling behavior you wish to see in your children. It’s been essential to my success as a teacher so I use it at home as well. I talk to W about what toilets are for. It’s nothing graphic, just the day-to-day of life.
We also have a collection of W sized potties and seats around our house. We have some of the small seats that fit on the toilet and then we have smaller potties for him. I’ll be honest and admit that we may need one in the living room as well. That is where he often hides behind the chair to do his business.
Finding Potty Training Success
My students are at various stages when it comes to potty training. But at school we have found one method to be most successful. Once W shows that he is a bit more ready for potty training, I will probably take the same approach we do at school.
It’s all about committing a day or two to the process. Then we start the 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off cycle. The 10 minutes on isn’t always definite but it’s the idea that every 10 minutes, we take the child to the bathroom and they sit on the toilet. Depending on the child, they may sit there for 10 minutes. But they may just sit there for a few seconds.
The key is that I take them every 10 minutes. I’ll admit that I do much better with consistency with a timer. When the timer goes off, it’s time to go potty. And we don’t make a huge deal out of it. Yes, we praise the successes but I’ve found that if you make too big of a deal, then a child also turns it into a big deal. That can lead to resistance.
So praise them and be positive, but be relaxed as well.
Potty Training Help with Huggies Pull-Ups
We also have a number of students who wear Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants. They are a great alternative to diapers for us at school. Once a child learns to pull their pants up and down, Pull-Ups are easier for us to work on potty training at school. At home, I’m tempted to let W go diaper free when we get into the thick of training, but that is not an option at school.
Personally, I use Pull-Ups Training Pants with W when we’re out and about. They are extremely convenient for us and I think they fit better than some brands of diapers. We also love using the Night Time Pull-Ups at night. They keep him dry better than most diapers. So I have some on hand at home and like to keep them stocked at school as well.
Of course, I also love how easy they are to order on Walmart.com. The rollback price of $8.97 is available online and in stores. I personally love the ease of ordering online and picking them up at my local store. As most of you know, I’m all about ease and convenience so this definitely helps!
What are your tips for potty training?
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