Now that Bo is close to 2 ½, we’re slowing working our way into potty training.
With Monkey, I potty trained her by sitting her on the toilet about every 30 minutes for a couple of weeks. She seemed to get it after that. Bo, on the other hand, has not taken to potty training so well. She tends to stay dry for longer periods, so placing her on the toilet that often isn’t working.
So, I had to come up with different potty training tips to help Bo learn to use the toilet.
This is how we’re going about potty training with Bo:
- I am pretty busy with work right now, so the potty train in a weekend method is out for us. We have to take a bit more time to reach our end goal, but I know we’ll get there in the end!
- We purchased a tiny potty and placed it in the living room. She’s adjusting to sitting on it and getting used to the feel. We let her sit on it while she watches movies.
- If she manages to go in the little potty, she helps clean up the insert and is given a small prize. She also gets to place a sticker on a potty progress chart. When she fills up a row (it’s about 20 spaces), then she gets another small prize. So far, she has filled up one and a half rows.
- When accidents occur (which they do often right now), we have her help clean the mess. We don’t make a huge deal about it.
- She wears underwear during the day at home and the padded training pants (these are our favorite) when we are away from home and at night. We’ve always used cloth diapers with Bo, so I didn’t want to switch to disposable products at this stage either.
- I try to make her have a sitting session about every 1-2 hours.
Potty Training Tips: Supplies to Have on Hand
I know some parents don’t like to bribe their kids to use the toilet, but we are not one of those families. I like to use anything that might work to get my kids to use the toilet. Here is what we keep on hand to make things a bit easier:
- Portable potty seat (necessary when bladder control is present but not well controlled)
- Kid-sized toilet (Bo picked out this one)(some kids love these, some don’t. Monkey didn’t care for hers, but Bo prefers the tiny toilet)
- Disposable wipes for messy accidents
- Assorted prizes
- Potty progress chart (this is the one we use)
- Underwear and training pants (we like these training pants)
If you want to start training your toddler, most experts recommend waiting for the following signs of readiness:
- Ability to pull pants up and down
- Shows interest in the toilet
- Predicable potty times
- Obvious potty faces
- Dislikes dirty diapers
- Understands basic instruction
This potty training method is not necessarily the fastest, and may not even be the best, but it is what is working for us. Bo is showing all signs of readiness, so we will keep at it even if progress is slow.
I think one thing that makes it difficult with Bo is that she doesn’t mind making messes. She doesn’t like dirty diapers, but the “horror” of wet underwear seems to have no effect on her. So, I’m really hoping the promise of reward is what helps her build the habit!
Share your potty training success stories with me!