Here we are at the end of our main potty training journey. It has been a rollercoaster and at times I certainly felt like giving up but Sam is now totally toilet trained in the day time. If you would like to read how we have got on then you can read the posts below.
I am in no means a potty training expert in fact I have had rather a lot of potty training fails in the last few months. I thought I would share my 5 top tips for potty training and maybe if you are about to embark on a potty related journey you can avoid making the same mistakes I did.
Consistency – It seems obvious but once you have tried the potty thing out and it seems like your toddler is all for it then keep going!!! It is so tempting to give up on a bad day or if you are going out somewhere special but it only prolongs things. It just confuses toddlers if we do it one day but not the next.
Encouragement – Everyone likes to be told they have done well and toddlers are no exceptions. We had high fives, happy dances, claps, woops & shouts when Sam did something on the potty. He loved the attention and the applause!!
Reward Charts – Similar to the point above Sam responded really well to a sticker chart. When he finished the chart he got one Poundlands finest toys! He had one sticker for a wee and two for a poo. Simple.
No Pull-ups – Now before I explain I have to say this is totally dependant on the child and how you’re getting on but pull-ups became a no no for us. I will say they were great for the very beginning when we were showing Sam how to pull his pants up and down. However, we got to the point where Sam was successfully in pants at home but then at nursery he was in pull ups and treated them like a nappy. We would then be back to square one after a few days at nursery. I bit the bullet one week and we went completely pull up free and Sam grasped it in no time. I think they caused too much confusion for him.
Patience – Keep going, don’t give up. Be patient and your toddler will get it. A life without changing nappies is a good one, I promise it is worth it.