Are you overwhelmed by the fact that your child isn’t showing any interest in getting out of their diapers? Trust me…you’re not alone.
In fact, potty training is one of those things that everyone tends to dread. And now that you’re a parent yourself, you’re smack dab in the middle of all the potty training chaos that you’ve heard about for so long.
But don’t fret for long….there are actually potty training tips that can help and work wonders. If you’re feeling like you just don’t know what to do, make certain that you give these simple potty training tips a try.
Potty Training Tips That Actually Work
I know you might think that your son or daughter is never going to get out of diapers, but you can’t believe that’s true. If that were the case, there would be a ton of adults walking around still in diapers to this day.
Take a deep breath and relax. Potty training will happen when it’s going to happen. And until then, just try some of these simple potty training tips instead.
Positive reinforcement goes a long way
Telling your child that you believe in them and are proud of them will really do well. Children love to be acknowledged and love getting attention. Instead of telling them everything that they’re doing wrong, why not focus on the things that they’re doing right?
When they sit on the potty, tell them “good job”. If they tell you that they need to go potty, praise them for their communication.
No matter what the instance, find something good to praise them about. The more that they feel that you’re proud of them, the more that they’re going to try and get that approval more often.
(and let’s face it – this isn’t a new concept at all. Even as adults, we’re all still this way for one thing or another)
No matter how frustrated you’re feeling about the doom of potty training ever happening, take a deep breath and search for the silver lining in the situation.
Because if you start to show that you’re frustrated, your child is going to pick up and feed off that emotion, too. Instead, shower your little one with love and encouragement and see if that simple change can help them become more interesting in being potty trained.
Offer treats as a delicious reward system
Not all parents agree on this, but to each their own. If you’re child is motivated by treats, why not use that to reward them for their potty training wins?
Talk to your child about rewards and how they can earn some if they start to go potty on the toilet. And better yet, take them to the store and let them pick out their own tasty rewards.
That way, you know that it’s something that they’re actually interested in and that they’ll strive to get. And if you’re worried about them eating a little bit of sweets and candy, just think about how a few simple treats can easily help them to overcome this potty training hurdle.
I’ve found that treats like M&M’s or Skittles are always a good choice, plus they’re small enough that you can easily give one or two to cut down on them overindulging in sugar and candy.
But in order for treats to work, you have to be diligent in what you’re asking and what you’re offering. If you’re not giving them things to do to try to get out of their diapers and onto the potty, then you shouldn’t be caving and giving them sweets.
If they want a treat, they have to earn that by making progress towards becoming potty trained.
Let them pick out their own underwear
This might seem a bit odd, but it’s really not. Kids like to feel in control and they want to buy what they want to buy. Instead of fighting them on this one, why not let them pick out their very own underwear instead?
And while you’re at it, make a big deal out of it. Spoil them a little bit if you want. Talk about how they’re getting to pick out their first pair of big girl/big boy underwear and that it means that they’ll be done with diapers soon.
And if they want to get the ones with Barney on them, then that is going to be their choice. Because taking them to the store and letting them get their own underwear is a big step for both of you.
You’re allowing them to take charge of their own choices and they’re showing you that they know what they like.
When at home, let them run around freely
And by freely, I mean in the nude. Kids love to be naked when they’re little, right? So why not let them be a bit wild and crazy and run around in the nude while they’re working on becoming potty trained.
I also know for a fact that not being able to get their pants down quick enough can be a reason that sometimes kids just don’t make it to the bathroom on time. Don’t let them happen to your child.
If they’re wanting to run around without their clothes during the day, let them. It may just help them get to the potty quicker and have a win!
See how simple these potty training tips are? With just a little patience and a few small rewards, your child may be out of diapers faster than you think possible.
Just remember to stay positive, keep interacting with them and let them know how proud you are of them.
And if they’re struggling, it’s okay to take a break and come back to in after a while. Oftentimes, the less that you focus and push, the more that they’ll be relaxed in making it happen. Show them that it’s not a big deal if they need a little break and transition into something else for a while.