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9 Ways To Get Your Toddler Ready for Potty Training

Last week I talked about 10 signs your toddler is ready for potty training. Mazzy is demonstrating most of those signs but she has still yet to actually pee or poop in the potty.

She has begun to ask to use the potty every night before bed but I get a sense that this is more a bedtime stalling technique than a real potty training milestone. Which is fine. I am not going to push her.

I have, however, started to take my sister’s advice (my sister is a school psychologist who specializes in early childhood development) on how to further familiarize her with the process, so that going to the potty is more of a naturally developed skill than a crash course.

Here are 9 ways to increase your toddler’s readiness for potty training.

1. Tell them that big kids use toilets instead of diapers.

2. Read books about potty training and bring your child to the bathroom to help them make the connection between the bathroom items they see in the story and actual items in their bathroom.

3. Let them try out different steps mentioned in the story such as sitting on the toilet, ripping the toilet paper, and flushing the toilet.

4. Start changing your child in the bathroom and perform some aspects of the bathroom process together such as throwing the contents of their diaper in the toilet, using the toilet paper to wipe, and letting them flush and watch it go down.

5. Invite your child into the bathroom with you or your spouse, demonstrate how to go and describe what you are doing.

6. Increase your child’s awareness of the signals their bodies send when they need to go by pointing them out when you think they are happening (e.g., when your child stops an activity for a few seconds to go in their diaper or holds their diaper while going or when wet).

7. Talk out loud about how you feel before you need to go and describe how your body feels.

8. Teach your child words such as “wet” and “dry” and encourage them to use these words when they need to be changed.

9. Introduce words or phrases they can begin to use if they want to use the toilet (i.e “I have to go”)

Again— these tips are not meant for you to put potty training pressure on your kids. My sister says the later your start, the easier it will be.

And I am all for easy.

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