Once you decide to start, there’s no turning back.
Some parents decide to start toilet training only to change their minds every now and then because the additional work of cleaning up after each accident or wet bed stresses them out. That’s a big no-no. Don’t let your kids go nappy-less then let them wear a diaper once again. That way, you’re only confusing your child and letting yourself reach the goal for much longer. Once you see the signs of readiness in your child, for example saying words or showing signs he’s about to pee or poo, getting irritated with wearing diapers, or showing curiosity while you do your thing in the toilet, make your decision then be committed to it.
Proper diet will help (a lot).
The best way to toilet train your child is to establish a routine. You will only be able to do that if you know (more or less) when he or she is about to do number one or two. It will be hard (basically close to impossible) if your kid is constipated, dehydrated, or worse, has a light bowel movement. So the first thing on your agenda is to make him/her have a fiber-rich diet, or at the very least, a balanced one. Let your kid drink enough glasses of water a day and keep them away from foods that cause constipation (chocolate, gluten-rich food, too much milk without drinking water, etc).
Don’t skimp on the praises and prizes.
All parents know how kids love rewards and prizes. Of course, your may use that strategy to make them more motivated to do number one and two in the toilet.
But, you keep in mind that kids are smarter than you think. So carefully devise a scheme so that you won’t lose sight of your goal, and you’re not spoiling your kid in some way. Just an example: Make a chart that would make him/her earn stars for using the toilet - a separate chart for number one and number two of course. Then, the kid only gets a prize after reaching a certain number of stars.
Don’t lose the 3 P’s: Patience, Perseverance, and Positivity
It sure is frustrating when things don’t go our way. But we can’t lose faith just because accidents happen here and there. It’s all part of the process. Just keep an eye on your goal and teach your child in a calm and positive manner. You can’t lose your cool everytime they fail. Remember that kids get frustrated too. When you get too mad, they might lose their motivation and it’ll be a lot harder going back to square one. Forcing or pressuring them won’t do any good.
Show a little creativity.
If you make the whole toilet training phase a fun time instead of a stressful one, then it’ll be easier not only for your child but for you and everyone (people in your home and even in school).
Like we said earlier, there are lots of products in the market that can help you out. There are storybooks that talk about potty training, baby dolls that need to be changed when it “pees”, fun floating toilet targets, character toilet stickers, and of course, a safe and durable stepping stool that will make it easier for your kids to use the toilet (and even the sink). If it’s going to help your child pass this phase a lot sooner than you think, why not give it a try - “anything for our kids”, right?