Making the transition from diapers to a potty is a big step in your child’s life. This will be the first big thing they’ll achieve as “big boys/girls” and it’s a whole new adventure for them. It is also a big deal for parents, specially for moms because this means that they will finally stop cleaning dirty tushies and an important amount of money will be save since you won’t have to buy diapers anymore.
Most parents believe that potty-training is a difficult, annoying task and that they need to prepare for months, forgetting about free weekends and buying a long arsenal of things to survive the potty-training journey. But, the truth is, even though potty-training is not completely easy, it doesn’t have to be a complete nightmare or stressful situation for you or your toddler.
This is why the purpose of this cheat sheet is to demonstrate you that potty-training is actually a simple step by step process that will definitely work if you follow the instructions and maintain a loving, playful attitude towards the situation.
In this cheat sheet you will learn to identify the right moment to start, you’ll learn how to capture your kids attention and turn potty-training into a big party and how to deal with accidents, among other important things. The best thing about this is that you can actually get all the potty-training done in just one devoted afternoon.
11 simple steps you can take to be ready by noon
1. Before even starting, is your child ready?
Your child needs to be at least 2 years old to start potty training. You need to wait because children can’t voluntarily control the muscles for their bladder and rectum until they’re at least 18 months old. Keep an eye out for physical, cognitive, and behavioral signs that your child is ready to start. In general, the younger your child is when you start to toilet-train, the longer it takes.
2. The “good-bye diapers” ritual
Make your kid understand that diapers are gone for good. So, the morning of the day you picked for potty-training, the first thing you’re going to do when your kid wakes up is to perform the first potty trip of the day and then make him grab his diapers, throw them out and say “Good-bye diapers”. This way your child will know that he no longer will be using diapers and that this is a good thing.
3. The potty-training party
Kids love parties. For them, parties are all about presents, candy and surprises. Tell your child you’re going to have a party and start the day with a present.
Give her a doll that preferably wets itself and have a potty party with your child and the doll. You can watch potty training videos and you can make your child help you teach the doll how to use the potty.
4. The T-shirt technique
The more time your kid spends out of diapers, the faster he’s likely to learn. Dress your kid with nothing more than a big t-shirt that covers their privates, this way they’ll understand that there’s nothing down there to catch the poop and that they need to use the potty if they don’t want to make a mess.
5. Avoid constipation above all things
A couple of days before starting with the potty-training you need to make sure that his poop is totally unformed or has a hummus like texture. If your child is pooping something that looks like logs, potty-training can turn into a painful experience. Pay attention to your kid’s disposals. After your started with the potty-training, remember to not pressure your child because if he feels nervous or pressured, he could start holding in his stool which can also lead to constipation.
6. Fiber and liquids
This is going to be the way you’ll get the poop ready during the potty training day. Give your child an extra drink after breakfast, this way you will ensure a successful potty trip right after his done with his meal.
Make sure your kid always has a zippy cup at hand and give him a lot of fruits or veggies during the day to guarantee a hummus like poop.
7. Take regular potty trips, but no pressure
Like learning to walk, your child needs to be potty trained, one step at a time. Each step builds on the previous one. This is why you need to follow an order. During the day, you need to give your child a lot of fluids to guarantee regular potty trips, but don’t worry if they don’t want to go every single time you asked them to. Kids are creatures of routines, so you have to be constant in your potty training to avoid any setbacks.
8. Rewards and positive stimulation
Children learn by imitation, and watching you use the bathroom is a natural way to understand what using the toilet is all about. After you do this, it’s important to talk about how you know it’s time to go to the bathroom. Then show him how you wipe with toilet paper, pull up your underwear, flush the toilet, and wash your hands. Every time your kid makes a successful potty-trip you need to reward him in some way and use positive statements such as: “You’re doing great job”. You need constant reinforcement in the days and week following the potty training day until it becomes a natural part of you child’s day.
9. Accidents: be patient and loving
Scolding your child will only make him afraid of making any mistake that can upset you. When your child has an accident, you help him clean up and change, be positive and loving and calmly clean it up.
Make sure your kid knows it’s okay to ask you for help at any time. After all, it’s only recently that his muscle development has allowed him to hold his bladder and rectum closed at all, and he’s still learning why it’s important to use the potty.
Reduce the chance of accidents by dressing your child in clothes that are easy to remove quickly.
10. Equip yourself with the necessary supplies
Sometimes kids are scared of falling into the big toilet and that makes them avoid potty-training. Buy a potty chair and a stool to go with it and let your kid choose. You’re going to need big girls underwear and pants. This is going to be very exciting for your child because you’ll be buying new pretty things for her that they can only use if they’ve learn how to properly use the potty.
11. Finish your day in a successfully way and pay attention to the next couple of days
After dinner, don’t feed your kid with any extra snacks or drinks. Make a final potty trip before going to bed and set up an alarm to make another potty trip during midnight, this way you’ll prevent an accident and start off fresh the next day. It is important that you continue to reinforce everything you taught your child during the afternoon for the next couple of days, until it becomes a natural habit for them.
These steps will make you potty train your toddler in one afternoon, but you’ll have to completely devote yourself to the process and pay attention to every little detail that might emerge. Remember that if an accident occurs, it doesn’t means that you’ve failed. It just means that you need to patiently keep on trying.
Now, you have almost all of the information that you need, you just need to start by looking in your inbox to begin with the the next steps you will take on the upcoming days.