What Works for Other Mums and Dads?
- Let your child flush the toilet after weeing (even from the potty). My daughter thinks it's the best thing; it's her special job.
- Stay positive and let your child set the pace, it's quicker in the long run. Don t worry about what other kids are doing.
- Get dad and older siblings actively involved to keep an eye out for tell tale needing to go signs.
- Don t stress and go with the flow! It will happen when your child is ready!
- It must be done calmly with fun and smiles so they see it as a totally positive experience accidents must be no big deal.
- Kids Love to copy, so let them watch you use the toilet or even better other kids their age.
- To dress your child in pants that are quick and easy to pull up and down eg. pants with elastic waists NO overalls, belt buckles etc!
- Don t lose heart! All mums and tots get through it in the end. A bit of yummy bribery never goes astray either!
- Be patient, it will happen naturally and enjoy all the stages they won t be young forever!
- Be patient. A good story on the potty or toilet can also help.
- Set up a toy potty next to the real potty for a dolly to use while your child goes for extra encouragement.
- Buy special stickers and an ABC chart. Every time they use the toilet let them put a sticker on the chart. A surprise at Z. It works well.
- Relax and take it one accident at a time
- To keep my daughter occupied while sitting on the potty I let her blow bubbles and she sits there until she has gone.
- RELAX! This is an exciting (though possibly a little gross) time in your and baby's world, it is a fun landmark not a battle.
- Lightening McQueen loves to race to the toilet it motivates my son to go to check if his trophies are still there.
- Just remember that for that 5 minute period where they go potty, make poop seem like the most fantastic thing on earth!
- Let your child take his/her favourite toy or dolly and sit them on a pretend potty (eg. icecream container) whilst they are on theirs.
- I use my kitchen timer to help me remember to try my toddler for a wee on the potty regularly as he is still learning.
- Best to have a flexible outlook, lots of patience and most of all heaps of humour!
- I bought a book Potty time with Elmo and read it to my son every day and he loves it."
- My first, last and all the tips in between are the same. Lots and lots of patience. One day it will just happen.
Last Published* December, 2022
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