What do you do if your toddler starts showing interest in the potty? Potty training can seem overwhelming, especially for first time parents but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Just like everything else with parenting, it comes one day at a time and children learn a little bit more each day.
Toddlers will express interest in potty training at different times. It is best to follow their lead and encourage them when they begin to show interest.
Buy a Child Sized Potty
Purchase a child sized potty and put it somewhere that your toddler can see it often. Allow your toddler to explore the potty and sit on it if they show interest. At this stage it does not matter whether or not your toddler’s time on the potty is successful. Make your toddlers time on the potty fun and stress free.
Talk About What You Do on the Potty
You can talk to you toddler about what they will do on the potty. Diaper changing times are an important time to talk to your toddler. Toddlers enjoy conversation while they are having their diapers changed. It is a time that they have your complete and undivided attention and you have theirs. Talk about how someday they will use the potty instead of using their diaper and how big boys and girls do not wear diapers anymore. This will get them interested in learning more about the potty.
Let Your Toddler Watch Someone Else use the Potty
Toddlers learn about the world around them by watching other people. A wonderful introduction to the potty for a toddler can be watching other people use the potty. If you are not comfortable with your toddler watching you, an older sibling or another toddler or preschooler that is working on potty training is a great substitute.
Read Books About Potty Training with your Toddler
There are many wonderful books available about toddlers learning to use the potty. Books are a great way for your toddler to learn the basics about using the potty without putting any pressure on them. Toddlers enjoy reading and will come to understand that one day they will use the potty too.
At this age, you only to introduce toddlers to the idea of potty training. Do not expect instant success. If your toddler is interested in trying to use the potty you can encourage them but it is important to follow your toddlers lead. Rushing your toddler or criticizing them for mistakes will only lengthen the process.