Every parent I know looks forward to the day their child no longer “produces” sticky, sticky diapers. Most children will be ready to get into the to move onto “big pants” between 18 and 24 months. Of course, the process is not without its pitfalls. Find out the best way to potty train your child, as easily as possible.
Is your child ready? Here are a few, non-exhaustive signs that it may be time to potty train. If she/he:
- Can say the words for urine, stool, toilet
- Hates being soiled or wet
- Seems fascinated by the potty (he likes to sit on it or curious/fascinated with bathrooms)
Ultimately, knowing whether your child’s ready comes down to guesswork. If it turns out he isn’t, you can simply try again after a few weeks or months. Don’t force readiness upon a child as it may cause anxiety.
A question you need to ask yourself is: Are you ready?
Potty training takes time, it takes energy and you must have tons of patience. You will be doing a lot of laundries and going to the bathroom A LOT. Puddles will form on the floor at the worse possible times and you need to remember that you are training your child and so you can’t be angry. Again, are you ready? Is there something going on in your home that might make this an insurmountable task? If so, you can wait for a better time.
There is no ‘one way’ to teach potty train. Here are a few that we tried:
We went online and let our son select some big boy pants from Amazon. We told him he wasn’t going to wear a diaper anymore and that when the pants came, that’s what he’d wear. That way we had 2 days to continue to talk about it until the pants arrived in the mail. Then, when the mailman came, we had him collect the pants himself (with our help of course) and we made a big fuss about it and he put them. He enjoyed it for as long as he had no accidents. When he did, there was a meltdown and we had to deal with that. Also, make sure that you aren’t overly anxious as he might pick up on it. There is no single way to do this but there are a few that I highly recommend. Here is a course we used with our last born child and it kept us sane and my son seemed happy with the ride!