There are some things that, as a parent, you can always count on happening at some point in time. One of the most pivotal events you and your child will come to is potty training.
We’ve all heard nightmarish stories from parents about how difficult potty training can be, but if you go into the process armed with a bit of information and some tips to try out, both you and your child can come out on top.
Here are some things you can do that might make potty training easier.
Keep Things Fun
When it comes to children, everything can be made easier if they are having fun while doing it, and potty training is no different. If you want to make them more inclined to use the toilet, consider putting blue or red food coloring in the water—the water will turn to green or orange when they use it.
Alberta Water Services say dye won’t hurt your plumbing either. For boys, dropping a few pieces of cereal in the bowl can be great for getting them to practice their aim.
Practice washing hand together as well. Sing songs and do the alphabet to be sure they know how long to scrub. If they have an interest in the sink and potty, it can be great incentive for them to try it, but make sure they aren’t throwing toys and things into them. You don’t want to call for a Calgary drain cleaning during the training.
Use Diapers the Least Amount Possible
While diapers are great for convenience and avoiding lengthy cleanups, they aren’t the best idea for potty training your little one. Due to the absorbent and comfort-based nature of them, they don’t leave too much incentive for your child to get into the habit of using the toilet. While it might be a bit more work for you in the long run, considering switching out diapers for classic underwear and pants when you think they’re ready. After a few accidents in those, they’ll be using the toilet in no time!
Keep Them on a Schedule
Doing your best to keep your child on an eating and drinking schedule can do wonders for helping you ease into potty training. By knowing the certain times that your child eats and drinks, you can fairly accurately pin down when they’ll need to go to the bathroom. If you have a general time frame of when they’ll be going, it’s considerably easier to get them into the habit of using the toilet and avoid accidents.
While potty training might be frustrating at times, it’s important to remember that every child is different, and every child will require different tactics for efficient potty training. If one method isn’t working, just switch to another one until you find something that works for you and your child. Keep a cool head and you’ll succeed in no time!
Guest Post written by Brooke Chaplan. Brooke is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She enjoys hiking, biking, running and blogging about many different subjects including family, home and fitness. Contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan
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