I remember changing my son’s diaper for the first time. It was, in fact, the very first diaper I had ever personally changed, and I was petrified. Of course, after I had done it, I realized that it wasn’t that big of a deal. I became a diaper changing guru and got so good that the process was just second nature. So of course, once I had mastered that skill, it was time to begin getting him to use the toilet, which led to the realization: I had no idea how to potty train a kid!
Lucky for me, the apprehension that I had felt over diaper changes didn’t reappear for potty training, and my wife and I came up with a pretty slick system to get him to use the potty without fail.
Now, each child is different, of course, and what I lay out here might not work exactly the same way for your kiddo as it did for mine. But since I really want to help you out, I’m going to lay out our plan, and you can tweak it for your needs. Sound good? Great! Then awaaaaaay we go!
Training Underwear of Diapers
There are several ways that you can make the training process work quickly and smoothly for you. One of the best ways is to get your child out of diapers and into some sort of potty training underclothes. If you want to go the safer route, then you can’t go wrong with good old trusted pull ups.
They have the same absorbency as a diaper but will go on and off like underwear, making it that much easier to get your little one to the toilet in time. They will usually come with some cool designs on them too, regardless if you have a boy or a girl.
If your child seems to be a potty training whizz (HA!), then you can opt for training underwear instead. They are slightly absorbent, but won’t hold back a flood of pee or poop. However, they are much more comfortable and will really make your little one swell with a sense of pride over their amazing accomplishments. There are tons of great choices out there, like these for girls, and these for boys.
Comfy and Cozy
For a lot of kids, the toilet can be a big scary machine, intent on pulling them down into the water, or frightening them with its terrifically loud roar! That’s why it’s a good idea to try and make them as comfy and cozy as possible when they learn to use it. To do this, you can get a toilet training seat, to make the risk of falling into the potty zero.
You could also try using a kid sized potty, for a while too, until they get the hang of going in it, rather than their diaper. I personally did not do this with my kids, but it might work out better for yours.
Stick To A Schedule!
Once you take the potty training leap, there can be no going back, even if your kid isn’t into it. That’s why it’s so important to keep them on a schedule. It will help your child to realize when they have to go, and it will help to keep it in the forefront of their mind as well.
My wife and I also got our son a potty watch, which he absolutely loved. He got to wear it on his own wrist, which he thought was pretty big stuff. It could be set to go off at different intervals to help keep us on schedule. Just getting to wear the watch was motivation enough for him to stick to it and keep trying until he got it. If you’re interested in a potty watch that we used.
Bribery Is Encouraged
There are times as a parent that you need to stick to the moral high road no matter how much your kid kicks, screams, or whines. Potty training is not one of those times! I highly recommend you reach into your bag of tricks and find something, ANYTHING that will help to motivate your child to want to use the potty.
I have seen sticker charts and coloring pages. Or you could go for new toys if they do a really good job. But honestly, the old saying about the quickest way to man’s heart is through his stomach also applies to a potty training toddler. Find a (relatively) healthy sweet treat that you can give your kiddo when they use the potty, and they’ll be practically begging to get on it and go!
Potty training can be one of the more stressful jobs for parents, but it also one of the most rewarding. Helping your kid to get out of diapers will make them, and you swell with pride, and will help your wallet to swell up with all the money that you’ve saved on diapers!
Best of luck in your training, and I hope my tips and tricks will help you on your journey. If you have any questions, comments, or advice of your own, please let me know in the comments section below. Have a great day!