It has taken me a while to write this post because I took my time with my daughter’s potty training. I know there are moms out there who have their kids trained in 3 days which is very admirable but when I implemented those strategies with my daughter…let’s just say it took longer than 3 days.
Unfortunately, I let myself get frustrated with this because I didn’t understand why it was taking so long. But then realized that I’m in no rush to potty train her and every child does things at their own pace. She is smart. I know she will get it but it will be on her own time.
While on this journey I asked moms on Instagram some advice on potty training and I am happy that I did. They shared with me some wonderful tips and tricks. Here I will share what has worked with my toddler.
Potty Training a Toddler
The best time to start potty training is during the weekend if you are a working mom but if you stay at home just pick a few days you are not going out as much.
No pull-ups or diapers during the day.
This has been a good technique but there will be lot’s of messes to clean up. So be prepared. The only time I would put a diaper on is at night or on a car ride.
Set a timer every 30 mins for the bathroom.
I let the timer go off with a fun sound and tell her excitedly that it’s time for the bathroom. When she hears that sound and sees how excited I am, she is more eager to use the potty. This has really helped.
Making the bathroom a fun environment!
I think this tip is really important because if you seem annoyed or impatient with doing this with your toddler, they will pick up on it and not want to go to the bathroom. So whenever we do go to the potty, I’m energetic and give her high fives when she goes.
Give stickers, not treats for rewards.
So I thought it would be a good idea to give my daughter chocolate chips every time she went to the bathroom. But doing the every-30-minutes technique I realized I was giving her so much chocolate. Haha. I tried to switch to doing stickers which worked for a good bit but then she realized she wasn’t getting chocolate. So…I had to go back to chocolate.
What I gave her was the mini semi-sweet chocolate chips and only gave her one piece. That way she won’t have a crazy sugar rush all day. Curse my sweet tooth! If treats work better than stickers with your child then, by all means, go for it.
If you have a potty, take it in whatever room you are in.
This was a wonderful tip because without me realizing it my daughter would just go over to that potty and use it. Then she would yell “I used the potty!”
One thing I must say is that if they do have accidents try not to get mad or frustrated. They are learning and when we mamas get mad, it only makes it worst. What I try to do is just take her straight to the potty letting her know where we use the bathroom. Don’t worry they will get it.
We have been doing most of these tips for a while and there will be moments where she will regress but we try to get back to it. So patience is key! I have had my moments where I will get frustrated but realize that she is just 2-years-old. I know she will get potty training down eventually. So instead of rushing, I have been taking my time with her.
Lately, though, it seemed to have just clicked for her and she would ask me to take her to the potty every time she needs to. She also reminds me to give her chocolate. Haha. She has even been able to hold herself while in public or in the car until we get to a bathroom. She surprises me sometimes and I’m proud of her.
I hope our little potty training journey can help other mamas and their toddlers too! Remember though every child is different and will learn when they are ready to. So try not to pressure your little one too much.
What other techniques or tips do you mamas have for potty training? What was the best advice that worked for your child?