Potty training a toddler can be a messy, time-consuming and frustrating process but remember you’re not alone.
Potty training is a major milestone that doesn’t go well if your child didn’t show the signs of readiness like having dry diaper for up to two hours, knowing about poos and wees, and can pull pants up and down.
How to make potty training a toddler a fun time?
When you turn any learning journey in you children’s life into a fun journey, you can see a positive influence on both your child and yourself.
As such, potty training a toddler needs to be fun.
In this post you’ll find some fun and easy ideas to get your toddler taking off his/her diaper.
7 Fun potty training tips for your toddler:
#1: Have a comfortable potty seat:
Before you say goodbye to diapers forever, you need to invest in a comfortable and sturdy potty training seat as the grown-up toilet can be a scary thing to some of the young kids.
A potty seat or chair sized just for them can give your child a big confidence boost as they tackle the process of ditching diapers for underwear.
I personally like the fisher-price toilet trainer that gives a musical reward every time there’s a success.
#2: Use magic water:
Magic water potty training method is adding a few drops of blue food dye or a blue cleaner to the water before your little one use the toilet. When they use the toilet successfully, the water magically turns green. The children will get excited and will be intrigued to watch the colors change.
#3: Leave your toddler naked at home:
This is one of the most tried and effective methods for potty training a toddler, because they will not want to go on themselves. Of course, they will have some accidents at first because they won’t realise, but when they see it on themselves and the floor, they will not like it and will try to remember to use the potty.
Pantless potty training is really an effective way because toddlers can’t differentiate the differences between a diaber and an underwear so leaving them naked can really help them to control themselves better.
But you need to wait for summer to do this method.
#4: Your toddler photo in the potty!
Take a photo for your child in the potty, and place it in the wall next to his/her potty and anywhere your child spend most time. This potty training method can give a positive results and tried by many parents.
#5: Reading time can be a potty training time!
Children can learn new skills through books and stories, one of the skills is using the potty.
Reading together while your child on the potty can help make it more joyful and easy for child to relax.
Also reading some potty training books may make the process easier. Here’s a books about potty training:
• Everyone poops by Taro Gomi
• Potty by Leslie Patricelli
• Big girl panties by Fran Manushkin
• Ready to go toilet time by Janet Hall
• Once Upon a Potty by Alona Frankel
• A potty for me by Karen Katz
• Princess potty by Samantha Berger
• No more nappies by Dr Amanda Gummer
• Pirate polly potty by Andrea Pennington
I want my potty by Tony Ross
#6: Songs are always a fun way for learning!
One of the best activities to do with your toddlers every day is to sing songs. Potty training a kid by songs can be a good and fun idea.
Here are some potty training that your kids may love:
• Pinkfong baby shark’s potty song
• Elmo’s potty time
• Poop song potty training
• Learn with little baby bum – potty song
• I can pee and poop on the potty
Potty training song by cocomelon
#7: Positive reinforcement:
Positive reinforcement means recognising your child’s good behaviour. By using it, we are making our children feel good about themselves and what they achieve.
Positive reinforcement is the key to successful potty training. Whenever he/she moves on to a new step or tries to use the potty, tell your child that he/she is doing well and you’re proud of him/her.
You need to identify a few reinforcers that will have your child going back for more.
But be careful not to go overboard as too much praise might make him nervous, afraid to fail, and can feel more shame when he/she don’t get it right.