My daughter is almost 2 months into potty training. It has been such a crazy experience, definitely a big learning curve at that! I remember when I started potty training her, I was like what, it can’t be that hard right? It is hard, it is not easy, that is for sure. Potty training tests your ability to function as a parent!
We started with the 3 day potty training method, this is like a potty training boot camp really. It is a boot camp for your child as for 3 days, your child is pretty much naked and you are watching them like a hawk! Girls are hard to potty train, the issue with girls is that they could just be standing there peeing but you really wouldn’t know because it’s not like they have a stream, it is trickling down their leg. Accidents happen, and that is okay.
With girls, you need to continuously watch and learn their signs. I have met a lot of people who seem frustrated because they have tried potty training their child a couple of times and it just does not work. It is not working because they are not ready yet.
You will know without a doubt when your child I ready to potty train. My daughter was very curious about the potty, she informed me when she was wet or dirty, and she did not want to be in a dirty diaper. So we started prepping and then the 3 day method. If you are just now starting to potty train or trying to figure out how you even start. I would urge you to check out a couple of past posts, How to Prep For the Potty, and 3 Day Potty Training Method Review.
- Purchase a potty seat or chair ahead of time. This gives your child the opportunity to get used to it being there. Let them sit on it too!
- Create a potty training chart! Refer to Prepping for the Potty, to see how we created ours!
- Rewards! Successful potties, or even partial success’ deserve a treat! We used M&M’s. For pooping on the potty, we opted for DumDum Suckers!
- Toddler Flushable Wipes, Kandoo Flushable Sensitive Wipes, 50 Count Tub, 6 Pack! These have a great scent and helps you teach your tot how to wipe. The moist wipes make it easier for them to wipe as the regular toilet paper is more rough on them.
- Leave her naked from waist down. This helps put a cause and action together, the peeing sensation and the wet feeling down the leg, makes them more aware.
- Cleaning towel, Johnson’s Baby Head-to-Toe Disposable Washcloths, 14 Count. These are great for when they have accidents.
- Give them juice, diluted if you like. The more they drink, the more opportunities to try on the potty.
- Keep books or little toys by the potty so you can entertain them while you wait for a few minutes to see if they go potty. We used potty book, our favorites were these 2: Everybody Potties! (I Can Do It) and Potty Time!
- Put them on the potty the first day every 20-25 minutes, 2nd day and 3rd day you extend the time. After 2 months at it, I take my daughter to the potty every 2 hours whether she tells me if she has to potty or not!
- Get crazy and funky when they have successes. Be super excited for them, give them a high-five!
- Using Pull-Ups for naps and night-time is totally ok! My daughter still sleeps in them because she has not had dry diapers, when she does wake up with dry drawers for a couple of weeks then I will get rid of them!
- Take her to the potty before nap and night-time! This helps with night time sleep training! Starting them off with an empty bladder!
- Take juice or water away about an hour before bed!
- When you leave the house for the first time, get drive thru lunch to celebrate their achievements and then head back home. Their first outing shouldn’t be too long!
- When you leave the house regularly, have them potty before and when you arrive to destination. Just get in the habit of taking them to the potty. The key is to make sure you give them plenty of opportunities!
- Always ask them if they need to use the potty! In the beginning they will always say no! With consistency, they will begin to tell you yes or no, or simply say they need to without you asking!
- Take a potty chair on long road trips, in the event they need to go but don’t have easy access to a restroom. Pull over and set it in the vehicle for privacy and the ability for them to relieve themselves.
- Always pack extra clothes and underwear! Refer to my article on Potty Training on the Go, for tips and trick when you are out of the house!
- Keep small trash bags in your diaper bag. If there is an accident, toss the clothes in the trash bag until you get home to wash them!
- Be patient and consistent. You need to do this for your child, don’t get upset when they have an accident
You Can Be Successful!
Together, you and your daughter and nail potty training! Be patient with them, give them to tools and opportunity to be successful! This takes time, potty training does not happen overnight! Potty training does not need to be a daunting task, make it fun and exciting for them!
Let me know if the comments below what tips and tricks you have for potty training!