Potty training is one of the most important milestones, but since all children are wired differently, not everyone trains the same way or at the same time. The key is to know when to start and then how to go about the training with consistency. Here are three top potty training tips that can make it easier for you and your toddler.
1. Wait for the right time to start
Some parents start the training as early as 4 months, others wait until a toddler is between 2-2.5 years. It is important that your child is ready for it. If your child does not show any signs of understanding, then it is wise to wait a little longer. So what are these signs?
2. Look for the signs
- Being interested and aware of the bathroom. It is important that you communicate why you go to the bathroom and what the bathroom is intended for.
- Uncomfortable with a dirty diaper. If your child comes and tells you about a dirty diaper, you can use that as a learning opportunity to start training.
- Telling you that they want to go. This is a big one. Once they are no longer comfortable going in the diaper, they will tell you when they want to go. Jump on this opportunity to start potty training.
3. Bribing can be good
The choice is yours to make. You can either offer a tasty tidbit every time they go in the potty or you can offer to add money to their piggy bank. Offering tidbits can be tricky because there is the hassle of brushing teeth. However, money for the piggy bank can be a good thing. They learn the art of saving.