Recently Amelia has been showing many signs of being ready to potty train. I always wanted to wait until she was ready and not push her into it. I think it happens when it happens and you should never push them into it. Potty training is a big milestone for any child and it's one which is different for many toddler just the same as learning to walk or talk.
We first got Amelia's potty about 6 months ago if not longer and it's just been lying around the house so she could get used to it. I've also just bought her a seat for our toilet as she's been showing interest in sitting on that too. She's been pulling her trousers down and taking her nappy off pretty much every day and she also tells us when she wants changing and lies herself down ready. She also goes many hours with a dry nappy and she has peed in the potty a handful of times and I will definitely be starting properly once we get both of our holidays out of the way. I would like her potty trained for summer but we shall see how we get on.
Here are some things I've learnt so far with regards to potty training a toddler:
✓ Involve them from the start, buy a potty and tell them they will be using the potty like a big girl or boy because they are now a big boy or girl. You could perhaps let your toddler choose their own potty and pants.
✓ Show them how to use the potty, if they are in the bathroom with you a lot tell them that you're going to the toilet and show where they should be going.
✓ Remind them about their new potty throughout the day and encourage them if they need the to pee to use it and to let you know when they need to go.
✓ Start potty training at a time where there will be no distractions in the house, don't try when you're moving house, have a new baby on the way or about to go on holiday. Wait until things settle down, summer is a good time to start as they can run around naked.
✓ If they have a doll, encourage them to let the doll have a go on the potty and teach the doll how to go to the toilet this will help her get an understanding before starting training.
✓ Picking up a few potty themed books will help your child master the idea of peeing in the potty. You could even buy some stickers for the potty and get them to stick them all over it and that way they will know its theres.
✓ Stay positive, praise them each time they use the potty and keep patient!
Do you have any tips to share for anyone thinking about starting potty training?
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