Potty Training Made Easy – Strategies That Really Work

By in Parenting on 26 April 2010

Potty training can be a process of trial and error. It can be both exciting and quite frustrating. Rest assured, eventually your child will be potty trained. There are very few teenagers running around in diapers!

That being said, there are proven potty training strategies that have worked for parents over the years. Let’s take a look at a few of them to make the potty training process as easy and painless as possible.

1.  Wait until your child is ready for potty training before you begin. Many parents, undoubtedly excited to be done with the whole diaper thing, rush potty training. Good intentions aside, if a child isn’t mentally and physically ready to learn how to use a toilet, the potty training process is going to take much longer and be frustrating for the both of you.

Signs your child is ready to begin potty training include:

  • Frequent dry or clean diapers
  • Curiosity about the toilet
  • Communication regarding their potty habits – if a child tells you they just peed or they have to pee they’re ready for potty training.

2.  Make sure you have the right gear. There are a lot of potty training aids available. From small portable potty chairs to floating targets you can place in the toilet to help your little boy aim and enjoy the training process. Getting the gear before you begin training will help you and your child create a structure and a routine around potty training.

It also helps to have potty training friendly clothing. There’s nothing more frustrating than a child who tells you they have to go potty and then having them wet their pants because it took too long to get their clothing off.

Slips on pants are the easiest and of course skirts and dresses make it easy for girls.

3.  Have a positive mindset. Mistakes will happen and children will make huge leaps forward only to then have really bad potty training days or weeks. Reward and celebrate successes and stay focused on having a positive attitude. Recrimination, punishment and yelling only makes a child feel bad about themselves, it doesn’t further the potty training process.

Know that it’s much easier for a child to be aware of their body during the daytime and nighttime accidents can happen well into elementary school. Be prepared. Protect your child’s pride and their belongings with a mattress pad, rules about drinking before bedtime and support and understanding.

The potty training process can take a while and each child’s experiences are different. Be patient, be positive and be prepared!

4 Comments For This Post

  1. Great advice and I think you are spot on in saying to remain positive! I think the three things you MUST be when potty training are: Positive, Consistent and Persistent… leave out just one of the three and you significantly increase the amount of time it takes to potty train

  2. Chemist says:

    have never really been comfortable with others who now refer to me as some sort of potty training strategies but liked your post and its really helpful.
    Thanx for sharing this useful info

  3. sarah says:

    hello my 23 month old tells us after she poops. i was going to try to start training her this month. any good tips on how to do it. do i take her every 15 nminutes, no drinking after 6pm. tips please??

  4. cathy says:

    My 3 year old is ok with peeing on his own, but pooping is a challenging. We are using a sticker system. We posted a picture of him on the toilet smiling. Below that are spots for stickers. At the end of the row of boxes is a picture of a lollipop. for every 5 stickers, he gets a lollipop. It’s working great!

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