Potty training seems straightforward for adults but it isn’t the same for kids. Having stomach cramps when they need to poo may put them in a panic and they need reassurance that going to the potty is a normal thing to do.
Here are some ways to help potty train the kids:
1. Watch out for signs
Potty training will be easier for both parties when they child is showing readiness. Look out for signs that show the child is about to pee or poo. If the signs are present, take them to the potty immediately and stay with them. The signs include immediately wanting to change a soiled pampers.
2. Put the potty in places where the child frequents
To make it easier for them too, place their potty near where the child frequents such as the play area. It doesn’t need to be in the bathroom only. This way when the child needs to go, he or she can immediately sit on the potty! Also, take the child to the potty a few times throughout the day to get them used to it.
3. Make the process interesting
Potty training is something new for kids. Sometimes it isn’t a pleasant experience for them too such as having tummy aches or stomach upset. Ease the kids into it by letting them go potty shopping with you. Let them choose the potty style they like and also shop for their favourite underwear together.
4. Dress them in elastic-waist pants
Getting them to wear elastic pants, shorts or skirts make going to the potty less stressful for them. If they are in pants with zips and buttons, they have to rush through or struggle with undoing all of it, which stresses them a lot. They may be able to unzip and unbutton in the future but not when they are still new to using the potty.
5. Teach them a good sitting position
Another tip to make it easier for them is to teach them the proper sitting position. Their feet must be flat on the floor with the pelvis horizontal to the floor. A step stool should be provided if they are using an adult toilet bowl so they can rest their feet on comfortably and feel secure.
6. Teach them the correct wiping technique
It’s also important to teach them the proper wiping technique which is wiping from the front to the back. This is to prevent infection in the urethra. They may not be able to do it well at first so be patient and help them.
7. Buy potty books
Another way to help ease them into it is to buy books about using the potty. From this, kids will realize it’s a normal process and that every kid and adult they know go through it too.
8. Let them decorate their throne
The potty is their personal throne so let them decorate it with stickers to make it look less intimidating or foreign. Letting them personalize their potty also gives them a sense of ownership and responsibility.
9. Encourage them with rewards for trying
As usual, parents need to be supportive and encouraging because potty training can take up to a year and it varies for each child. A way to encourage the kids is to reward them with stickers or more bedtime stories as a reward for them trying to go to the potty.
10. Boys are potty trained slower
To make it easier to teach boys how to use the potty, get dad or a guy to teach sons. As a start, they can learn to pee sitting down as it’s easier. It’s also good to let them decide whether they want to sit or stand while doing it. Practice also makes perfect so utilize stickers to help them aim.
11. Limit liquids at night!
In order to help the kids stay dry at night, limit drinks at least an hour before bedtime. Push snack time back or serve dinner at a later time. Night time potty training takes a little longer than daytime training so focus on one at a time so the kids don’t feel overwhelmed.