How You Can Potty Train Your Child In Five Clear Steps
Anything worth while, in this case potty training your child, takes time and a lot of hard work. It does not happen over night. There are things that you can do to help with the challenge. For example. you'll want to prepare yourself to get a clear mental picture of the required steps, then stick with a plan. Whatever your hopes are, don't be expecting everything to go off without a hitch. This could be the most difficult thing you have ever done.
In order for this not to be the hardest thing ever, you just need to break the process down into simple steps and then follow them one by one.
Step 1. Set a specific time that you want your child to be using the potty everyday. The reason why this will be significant is you will be creating a habit for your child. He or she will begin to expect going to the potty and won't be afraid. Make sure you stay consistent with this first step. Setting times to use the potty everyday like after meals, before going out, or going to bed will affect your chances of teaching them quickly.
Step 2. Purchase a small potty trainer. You'll want to find one that is easy to use and not complicated to clean either. Your child will not be able to fit on the toilet regularly and if they accidentally fall in once, it could take a long time to get them to respond to the toilet in a positive way, trust me. Another reason you want to do this is because your child will like having his or her own potty. It will become fun to use the potty because it shows ownership and at that developmental stage your child is learning the difference between what is theirs and what is not.
Step 3. Practice makes perfect. You will want to do this because your child has never gone the bathroom before and just doing it a few times a day is not enough to get them use to the idea quickly. Another reason for this is to help them become comfortable in the bathroom. Since it is something new for them, they are naturally going to be hesitant, so the more you practice, the more they will respond.
Step 4. Show them how to do it. It may seem a little strange, but young children need to be shown how to do things. Children do not have the capability to understand exactly what we are saying and then translate that into precise actions which is what we are asking them to do. Most adults can't do that. The best way to teach them to go potty on their own is to show them how a big boy or big girl does it.
Step 5. Use a reward system. This is probably the most effective tool because there is nothing that I can do to make my son want to do something more than by giving him a treat. By now, most children have a favorite treat they like and will do almost anything for. Giving them a treat after they go the bathroom or after they try, creates a positive feeling around using the potty which is what you want. Also, giving sincere praise with conviction is important to. Your child needs to know that you approve of their actions. They want you to be happy with them and showing them that you aprove of their potty efforts will increase their likelihood of using the potty more often.
All you have to do is follow these steps and you will be a potty training pro.
I wish it was that easy. You will fail and there will be wet beds, wet floors, and lots of crying. It will be a journey, but don't worry, following these steps will help you get there a little faster. Good luck, I know you can do it.