6 Useful Potty Training Tips for Newbie Parents
First giggle, first almost unintelligible mumble of mama, first wobbly steps—moms and dads want to share their kids’ every new experience.
Whether parents like it or not, potty training is one developmental stage that parents will have to share to their children. This can be especially hard for newbie parents, but these nine helpful tips will help guide you through the basics.
1. Prepare your kid’s potty training essentials.
Most consider the age for toilet training is between ages two and three years. When your kid reaches this age, start stocking up on the potty training stuff you need. This will help you be more organized for the actual training stage. Below are just some of the essential items you need:
- Disinfecting wipes
- Potty training pants
- Toddler-sized potty chair
- Waterproof pad to protect the bed from nighttime bedwetting
2. Talk with your child.
Before the actual training, it helps if you and your kid have mutual understanding on the stage he or she is about to undergo. Explain why he or she is going through with this potty training, make your child understand the importance of diaper-to-underwear transition, and so on.
3. Let your kid end any dependence to his or her diaper.
The less dependent your children are to diapers, the easier it is to train them to use training pants and potty chairs. Start by letting your kids throw used diapers by themselves into the garbage can.
Also, since diapers are like safety nets to kids, making kids wear baggy shirts will make them realize that nothing will catch their mess anymore. Explain to your kids that unless they want to see their pee and poop on the floor, they have to run to their potty chairs.
4. Take note of the basic nighttime toilet training techniques.
Nighttime potty training might be harder. Since this helps kids reduce their nighttime bedwetting, a strict routine is needed:
- Don’t give your kids fluids two hours before their bedtime.
- Make them go to the potty before they go to bed.
- Wake them up once at night to make them go potty. Take note, though, that some children have sleeping difficulties, so it will be wiser to consult with your pediatrician first before doing this step.
5. Make sure they drink fluids regularly.
Fluids, especially water, are useful in the potty training stage. This helps your kid comply with the set schedule for bathroom breaks—which, according to experts—must be once every fifteen minutes.
6. Make them feel that potty training is a fun experience instead of an ordeal.
This whole developmental journey is new to your kid. Be patient. It also won’t hurt if you try to make the whole potty training process into an enjoyable experience. Use foamy soap with fruity scents, so your kids will find it fun every time they wash their hands after they go to the potty. You can also add new toys and picture books to your bathroom to keep them occupied and entertained.
Lastly, remember that potty shaming is a no-no.
Whether it’s a misuse of the potty chair or frequent bedwetting, it is never a reason to shame your child. Give positive reinforcement and reward them once they’ve overcome their potty training setbacks.
Remember, your kids are sensitive to your mood. So when you’re feeling anxious, they might catch on and feel anxious over the whole training too—so don’t stress over the whole process.