5 Of The Best Potty Training Tips That Make Light of Things
Potty training is one of many things a toddler needs to learn to do. However, potty training doesn’t always go as well as the glossy parent magazines would have you believe, and it can take a while for your little one to get the hang of things.
But before you start trying every trick in the potty-training book, here are a few tips that not only work but are light-hearted too.
Parents – Let’s Talk About Poop.
It’s the one thing that every mum and dad becomes intimately acquainted with. Years of changing nappies, and then potty training, leaves parents having a far closer relationship with bodily functions that they ever would have thought was possible. Or would have wanted……!
However, the good news is that as you approach potty training, the end is in sight – except for having to empty sticky stinky poops out of the potty … sorry.
The Perfect Example
Since having children you’ve probably learned that privacy is a thing of the past, but potty training will take things to a new level.
Some parents prefer to train their children on the toilet rather than using a potty. This is easier than it sounds with the array of child toilet seats which are comfortable and secure.
In a bid to encourage your child to use the toilet, it can be helpful to set an example. Yes, that is exactly what you think it means…. Let your little one see you using the toilet and use exaggerated gestures to show them what you’re doing.
Whether that’s showing how to relax and wait patiently when you need to pee, or washing your hands properly, your child will benefit from seeing how it’s done.
Keep Them Busy
Going to the toilet is a complicated affair as it involves the muscles working to hold the torso upright, while the pelvic muscles simultaneously relax. Little wonder perhaps that it can take a while for things to get moving!
One of the biggest problems is keeping young children on the potty or toilet for long enough to have success. Using your creativity will help them forget about where they are so you’ll need to get your thinking cap on.
For some children, reading them a story or giving them a book to look at will keep them distracted. Others need a more stimulating or interactive activity to dissuade them from getting up.
Lego is a great example as it’s very tactile; this sends a barrage of messages to their developing brain and will help them to overlook your delaying tactics!
It’s worth mentioning that you should try to strike the right balance; too long and your youngster could end up with a sore bottom but too short and they could have an accident in their pants.
Take Aim And Fire!
Little boys have the option of either standing up to pee or sitting down; much depends on what they’ve seen adult males do and where they feel most comfortable.
There’s no wrong or right answer so it’s up to you to figure out how your son manages the best.
Standing up can be trickier as it involves more sophisticated muscle action, but it offers the chance for all kinds of fun activities. Yes, you read that right! Little boys can have a great time when they’re learning to pee on the toilet.
There are special toilet balls that you can put in the bowl, or you can simply use a ping pong ball. Your child must try and see if they can hit the ball when they pee; this not only incentivises them to use the toilet, it also helps them to aim in the right direction!
Another alternative to aiming at a target is spraying shaving foam in the bowl. This will make a fun fizzing noise as your child pees over it and gives the satisfaction of “washing” it away.
This could potentially be used if your child is sitting down, or for girls so all the fun doesn’t have to be reserved for just the little lads!
Potty training can be frustrating and so often it’s one step forward and then two steps back. However, if you aim to give your child long enough to properly try and make going to the toilet lots of fun, you’ll stand a great chance of success much more quickly than you expected.
Potty training reward charts are also great motivation for little ones.
BIO : Matt Morrisey is currently writing for www.starwalkkids.com and loves to write about parenting topics ranging from kids toys, activities for kids, parenting hacks and lifestyle.