Potty training is a natural part of growing up.
It’s a very important period where toddlers say goodbye to diapers and hello to a strange new way of interacting with their bodies.
Imagine yourself as a cute little baby that is used to poop or pee, anywhere at anytime.
Your parents are always around to clean your tushie and leave you all fresh and clean, you just have to lay down and be still.
But now, you are a “big boy/girl”, diapers and baby powder are not going to be around anymore and you need to completely change the way you relief yourself.
Getting used to things such as holding yourself up and learning how to clean yourself without smudging your hands with your own poo can be stressful situations -specially if you’re 2-3 years old-.
So, here’s a list of things you can do to potty train your babies and assure a happy and non traumatic transition from diapers to toilets.
Keep your kid happy and encouraged
This process is also hard for him/her.
Giving your kid a little treat after they successfully used the toilet is an important incentive to maintain their attention on the main goal: peeing and pooping in the toilet.
Keeping a little Potty Reward Jar¹ is a great way of encouraging your child to go to the bathroom instead of holding the urge or peeing/pooping in the wrong place.
Find a comfortable way of disposing the poop
Dumping the pee into the the toilet and washing it out is a very easy thing to do.
But, when it comes to poo is a completely different story.
An awesome and effective way of getting rid of poop is to place a coffee filter inside of the pot, that way you don’t have to scrub the poop out after your child is done with his/her dirty businesses.
Teach them boundaries
When you’re potty training your child, you’re also teaching them about amounts.
How much toilet paper is enough? Kids can’t never tell by themselves.
For them, the toilet paper is just an endless roll of white softness for their tushies OR something completely unnecessary if they’ve only pee a little bit.
A good way of teaching your kids about the correct amount of toilet paper is by creating a visual limit that tells them when to stop taking out the paper.
You can create a sign and place it in the bathroom’s wall, right under the toilet paper.
The sign can say things like: UNROLL ‘TILL HERE or YOU SHALL NOT PASS, that way your kid will know when to stop and it will make the learning experience a lot more entertaining.
Be prepare for everything
When you’re potty training, your bathroom becomes the place where anything can happen.
This is why you need to be prepare and maintain certain things close at hand to cover any petition or need that your kid may have while he’s/she’s doing her thing.
Here’s a list of things you can keep in the bathroom to help your child feel more comfortable².
● Paper towels, because sometimes toilet paper isn’t enough.
● Spare clothes, you can keep an extra pair of pants near the toilet, just in case an accident happens.
● Hand sanitizers, this is more for you than for your kids.
● Music, it doesn’t have to be the sounds of the river or something like that. Some nice music that you can even jam to, can help your kid relax and it entertains you while you wait.
● Baby wipes, your kids are used to getting clean with these. They are soft, nice scented and gentle with their bottoms.
Potty training isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful period for you or your kid.
These hacking tips are going to help you trough the PEE-PEE and POO-POO adventure.
Bad smells and funny noises are going to accompany you all the way.
But, when the diaper’s finally gone and your kids start going to the bathroom by themselves, you’ll know without a doubt that everything was worth it.