Planning to start potty training soon? One thing you will need is A LOT of patience!! It can take 2 days, 2 weeks or 2 months….every child is different and will grasp the concept at different stages.
Here are a few different methods that you can try, and see which one works best for you and your little love!
The wait and see (or pee) method:
Starting at around age 2, watch for signals that your child is ready, but don’t pressure him. Put a potty in the bathroom, for example, but don’t insist that he use it. Just be supportive and praise him when he does.
The plan ahead method:
Set aside some time when you know you will be free, at least 5 consecutive days in a row, stay home or close to home and actively encourage using the potty, leave nappies off and at regular intervals sit your little one on the potty until they get to know the sensation of needing to go themselves! This method takes time and patience but is probably the most effective.
The reward method:
Kids love this one! Set up a reward chart with stickers or bright gold stars that you can stick on it whenever there is a successful potty contribution!! Agree a set amount of stars equals a small reward e.g. a sweet treat or small toy
The training pants method:
Switch your child from nappies to disposable training pants. Take him to the bathroom at intervals, ask him often if he has to go, and praise him when he gets to the potty in time. Or you could try “wet sensation” nappies that cause a coolness when he pees, and ask him to tell you when he does, so you can start timing his potty trips.
Good luck! And remember like always these things take time and patience but you’ll get there in the end!!