Eight Tips for Potty Training Your Toddler

Potty Training

Getting your toddler to perform toileting independently is a welcome milestone for any parent. Few of us want to be changing diapers much past the child’s second birthday. However, children vary greatly in their adoption of the potty routine which is influenced by a child’s innate ability, aptitude and maturity. However, there several tips and techniques you can use to hasten the blessed day when your toddler says: “Mommy, I did potty by myself”.

  • Get your child ready – explain to your child that it’s time to do “pee-pee” and “poo-poo” in the potty. Promote the benefits of being trained such as no more diaper rash, interruptions for diaper changing, being clean and dry. Discuss training as an important stage of growing up.
  • Make it fun – first and foremost, make this a game. Children will naturally resist anything which is not framed as a fun learning experience. Use play, music, toys, and stories as part of the experience to keep the child from getting bored or distracted.
  • Create a ritual – try to make the experience repeatable so your child knows what to expect each time and gets into the routine of sitting and staying on the potty.
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Disposable or Reusable Diapers?

Reusable cloth diapers

Initially the outlay for reusable diapers can seem more expensive but actually they cost less that the accumulative cost of disposables over two to three years. Reusable diapers are also kinder to the environment even though you have to wash them. They can be used for further children and they make a big impact on your weekly spend.

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When to Start Potty Training

Some people don’t train their little ones to go on the potty until they are three. But even though it seems like a hassle at the time, children can be taught this skill much earlier. A little child who can learn to feed himself, walk and talk can certainly learn to go on the potty when necessary. And just think of all the money you will save in buying nappies or pull-ups. (more…)