As we approached potty training with my oldest (now 3) I have to admit I was incredibly discouraged. I know that many look forward to this wonderful time, but I didn’t for several reasons. First, I cloth diaper my kids and, as any cloth addicted parent knows, you don’t want to let them go! Now I have another in cloth so it wasn’t too painful but he’s a boy so I was losing all my frilly, flowery, pinks and prints. Second, there’s something really nice about not having to clean pee and poop up off of car seats, chairs, couches and floors. Especially when they don’t belong to you! Finally, I guess I was kind of weary of adding another “thing” to be done. Raising kids is all about training and repetition. “Say please and thank you”, “don’t touch that”, “we don’t hit”, “be nice”, “share”. It’s exhausting sometimes! So to add another one in, one that involves very close attention to movements and behaviors in order to avoid a hazmat team, can be less than appealing to some.
So to make this transition an easier one BABYBJÖRN has put together a list of top potty training tips from Dr. Robyn Strosaker, a pediatrician at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. They’re also giving away one of their special edition, gold BABYBJÖRN Smart Potties that are not available in stores or for purchase! So check out these awesome tips and enter below to win!!
Potty Training Tips
- Most children can be ready to start potty training between 18-24 months. Children will train easier before 24 months; some can become willful after that point.
- Both the family and the child need to be ready. Review the signs of readiness and make a plan with your significant other.
- If your child is having trouble, stop for 2-4 weeks and then try to restart.
- Find a time when you can be around during the week to start potty training. Summer vacations or holidays are the best times.
- Sticker charts are great. If your child earns a certain number of stickers, they can earn a non-food reward.
- If your child still wants to go in their diaper, take them out of it. If they are wearing underwear, they will feel uncomfortable when they are wet. If you are concerned about the mess, you can put the underpants on under the diaper. For those kids who don’t like wearing underpants, encourage them to wear them for a short time and offer rewards when they keep them clean and dry.
- As a side note, there is nothing developmentally different between pull-ups and a diaper. Training will go quicker with underpants.
- If your child has a certain area of the house he/she prefers to go potty in, it might be a good idea to get a portable potty and let him/her try that.
- Put the portable potty in a room where the child typically plays to help them get used to the idea.
- Most kids aren’t ready to be dry at night until they start waking up dry from naps and some mornings.
- To help keep them dry at night, stop liquids 2-3 hours after dinner, depending on your child’s bedtime.
- When traveling: take a portable potty or potty seat with you, but you may need pull-ups for long car trips or plane rides.
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