- At least 2 weeks before starting to toilet train, make sure you use specific words like poo, pupu, dudu, or whatever you choose to call it whenever you are changing your toddler’s diaper. Do this consistently. Say things like “you have pooed,” “you peed” “Are you pooping?” etc. so that they start learning the difference between peeing and pooing.
- Invest in either a potty or a special toilet seat attachment. Place the potty in the toilet. If it will be more convenient, you can place it where your child spends most of his/her time for the first few days while the child is getting familiar with the potty. You can even start by simply encouraging your child to sit on the potty even while watching TV. If you’re using toilet seat attachment, spend some time showing your child how to sit on it and how to flush. Most children enjoy this part of the training and will keep going back to play with the toilet flush handle! So remember to keep the toilet door closed when not in use or you might end up with toys, keys, spoons, etc. in the toilet bowl!
- If you’re a working parent its best to start the next steps of potty training process during a weekend. Preferably a long week or during a period when you know you can take a few days off from work. This will allow you to introduce the technique you are using to your toddler which you can then tell the daycare provider who should be able to continue during the week so the child does not fall back. Stay at home mums or dads (or as I like to call them home executives!) don’t need to worry about this weekend rule unless their child also goes to daycare.
- Schedule some regular potty times. Let your toddler sit on the potty or toilet seat without a diaper for between 3 and 5 minutes first thing every morning and when the child wakes up after naptime. Repeat potty time every two hours. It does not matter if your child is male or female. Even the boys need to learn to sit while peeing. Believe me, they will learn to pee standing up later! Some children will not want to sit on the potty for more than 2 minutes at a time. Let her get up. Encourage her/him to sit again by offering praise or a toy.
- Watch out for signs that your toddler is about to do a wee or a poo and guide him/her to the potty or toilet. Always act fast! Lead the child to the toilet immediately.
- Praise or clap for the child every time you manage to get them to the potty to pee or wee on time. Some parents use the reward system. They give the child a treat, or a favorite toy to play with after successfully using the potty.
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