We are potty training. If you’re a parent, what do those words evoke in you? For me, they summon up huge fears and insecurities.
I mean, can I really train my toddler to stop doing what she’s been doing (without much notice!) for almost 3 years now? This same toddler who can be quite defiant and independent? Seriously, I have to do this?
It’s a really big deal!! And a lot of time, commitment and consistency. Ah, consistency. That’s always the tough part of parenting, huh?
We’ve somewhat mastered the transition to a toddler bed, so I’d thought I’d share whats working for us on our next transition. From diapers to underwear.
Use a Timer
This is probably one of the best ways I’ve heard to buckle down and begin potty training. Set a timer to go off every 15 minutes. When the timer goes off, your child has to sit and try to go potty. Even if your child doesn’t feel like going, sitting on the potty this often helps to get your little one in the habit of using the toilet. Also, Brylee will tell me she doesn’t have to go but often when I make her sit down, she will go!
This may seem tedious and a lot of work, but we brought the little potty into the main area of the house and just worked it into our normal day. Also, teaching your child to pull down and pull up his or her own underwear frees you from having to go with your child to the potty every time.
Like I just mentioned, having a small portable potty that can be taken around the house to where you spend most of the day really helps with the 15 Minute Method. We placed ours in the main area of the house on the tile floor and in plain sight. When it was time to go, I sent Brylee to her potty a few feet away and watched while I continued to do what I was doing. Simple and easy!
Lots of Liquids
Not sure where I got this idea, but it is a good one! Fill your child up with yummy tasting liquids! The more your child drinks, the more he or she will have to go potty. This is a good thing when potty training at home! Our girls normally get milk in the mornings and evenings and plain water during the day. So, anything sweet-tasting is a treat! We had some Crystal Light Fruit Punch in the pantry, so I just whipped up some of that and boy, did Brylee ever gulp it down!
Underwear or Run Free
Putting your child in underwear or letting your child be pantless while potty training at home works well with the 15 Minute Method. We chose to put Brylee in underwear, since she will go a tiny bit in her underwear and then realize she needs to go potty. We tried the pantless but she just lets it run down her legs. LOL. I think the wetness of the underwear bothers her, so she stops and then runs to the potty. But definitely pick either, not Pull Ups since they are too much like a diaper, keeping them feeling dry when they are wet.
The four of these tips together is how we started potty training. I woke up one day and decided this was the day! We did the 15 Minute Method for not even a week and our 2.5 year old caught on quickly. I think she was definitely ready, she just needed some structure and a push!
Tomorrow I will share some more tips on potty training and some items to have on hand! Stay tuned!Women Living Well Wednesdays and Works For Me Wednesdays.