Five Steps to Ease into Potty Training with Comfort
Words Hailey Andresen
I’m not sure about you guys, but for our family, it feels like there’s no such thing as the perfect time to begin huge transitions like potty training. Even when we try to create the ideal schedule, it has so much more to do with whether or not our little ones are ready themselves.
The truth is that Owen has been showing some of the signs that he’s ready to start potty training for a while now. He keeps his diaper dry for an extended period occasionally tells us or even hides when he’s peeing or pooping and when his diaper is wet, and often pulls on it to let us know he needs a change. That said, it doesn’t seem like he’s 100% ready. We’re working on getting him comfortable with the process and decided to introduce the potty with ease so that once he takes interest we can begins from a comfortable place. Here are five ways to start potty training with ease:
Purchase a Few Potty Training-Focused Books
Owen is all about Elmo these days and is obsessed with having us read to him. So the first and very organic progression into potty training was to pick up some toddler books that focused on just that. This way Owen is familiar with the language around potty training and could understand that even his favorite characters use the toilet.
Introduce the Potty in a Very Natural Way
Owen is getting to the age where he’s excited to help open boxes and mail, so when his Potty Chair and Step Stool arrived he was over the moon. He helped me unpack the box and was so interested to see how his new “seat” and stool fit into our bathroom. We’ve had it in the bathroom the last couple weeks so that he becomes very comfortable with it.
Create a Bathroom Routine
Each morning and night we’ve been doing our best to use the step stool for both tooth brushing and washing his hands. We’ve also been encouraging him to sit on the potty chair without a diaper at least once a day and have been very open about showing him how we use the toilet as well. It’s important to us that when the training really begins his seat isn’t foreign and he understands how and why we all use the toilet.
Manage Your Expectations as a Parent
It can be so easy to get caught up in what you’re supposed to be doing as a parent, especially with big transitions like potty training, but the truth is that every kid is different. Potty training isn’t one size fits all and by removing expectations I believe this whole process will be more enjoyable for the entire family. When you really think about it, as your little one approaches this milestone, this should be an exciting time, not one filled with stress and pressure!
Develop a Loose Plan
Getting on the same page with your spouse about how you plan to handle potty training, rewards and so on is crucial as you approach this transition. Of course not everything will go the way you plan, but finding a true incentive you know your child will respond to and a method that works for your family is key. We always try to remind ourselves that we are in fact on the same team and that Owen will use the potty when he’s ready to.
For those more seasoned parents, what worked for you? We’re there any particular methods that helped to ease your kids into the potty training process with more comfort?
Photography by Amy Frances Photography.