Your toddler will not be easily convinced to use the grownup potty, but such is the case for many kids who are introduced to new and intimidating concepts such as potty training. Saving money on diapers and saving time on changing them is a milestone that most parents dream about, but getting kids to accept their new “duty” is not always an easy task.
Hundreds of books have been written about potty training, both for kids and parents. Some techniques work and some do not, mostly because every situation is unique. Among all the advice, these are best tips for potty training stubborn toddlers:
1. Double Check the Timing
You may be ready for your little one to go potty like a big kid, but they might not have an interest in it yet. Forcing your toddler to potty train when they’re not ready might have a counterproductive effect. It may create fear, anxiety, or stress regarding bowel movements and bathroom etiquette. In general, toddlers are ready to be potty trained around the age of 1.5 to 3 years.
2. Bride Your Toddler
In most other situations, offering your children a bride to get them to do something is not a good idea. However, since potty training is not a character lesson it is not only acceptable but also recommended to give your kids incentives to participate. Experts do not suggest offering candy for health reasons, but if that’s the only thing that works then go for it.
3. Stay Away from Auto Flush Toilets
Have you ever noticed how automatic flush toilets sound like jet airplanes taking off? That sound can be extremely frightening to an innocent toddler. Additionally, toddlers want to be in charge of how things play out in the restroom. Try not to use those facilities when potty training or else you might create a child who is afraid of his own bodily functions.
4. Don’t Bother Asking if it is Time
If you wait for your toddler to tell you when he or she needs to potty you will never get anything done. Instead of asking, simply schedule times throughout the day when you lead your little one to the bathroom for practice. Try not to force them to do anything, but instead model good behavior by participating in potty time yourself. Any advancements in activity need to be met with lots of encouragement.
5. Let Your Little One Have a Moment Without a Diaper On
Sometimes you’ve just got to go cold turkey. Toddlers who must run around without the security of their diaper will search desperately for a place to relieve themselves – the perfect time to gently steer them towards the grownup facilities. Expect accidents every now and then when/if you use this method, but keep in mind that your risk can be mitigated with due diligence. In other words, don’t let your toddler run off without a diaper and always keep your eyes open for clues.