Potty training. Just uttering those two words is enough to make any parent groan. Potty training isn’t something that generally incites excitement in any of us as parents. As a mother of 4 children, 3 of whom are potty trained, I always dreaded having to potty train my children. I’ve learned some things along the way that made potty training so much easier. Save yourself some frustration and read on for my must have tips for potty training the easy way!
When I started potty training my children I felt much like I did the day I had a baby, like someone handed me the child and forgot to give me the instruction manual, and I felt a little lost. No one tells you how to potty train your child. There is no “right” way to potty train. So how are you supposed to navigate it without having to read books and ask a million friends what worked for them?
It turns out that there is a potty learning “school” that will help guide you and your child through the potty training process painlessly, it’s called the Potty Power Academy. I wish I had found this 5 years ago when I potty trained my first child. It makes the process so much easier! They have printables that you can print off to help encourage your child through the potty learning process, lessons for both children and adults, fun videos to motivate your child to learn to go on the potty and lots more.
One tip I learned early on was that teaching your child to go on the potty requires a LOT of patience from you as a parent. It’s important that you don’t rush your child. Start potty learning when they are ready and don’t push it too early. If you do start before they are interested it will only lead to frustration for both of you. No matter your parenting style Potty Power Academy has an approach that will work for you and your child.
In our house potty charts (get the printable potty reward chart here) and rewards helped our children tremendously. We hang this chart in the bathroom and load on oodles and oodles of praise and celebration each time they hit a milestone on the chart. We also used potty rewards when they went pee pee or poo poo in the potty. We usually used little chocolate candies or chocolate chips as a reward and that was a great motivator for our kids. No matter how you choose to reward your child, the key to motivating your child is lots and lots of praise and attention.
Potty Power Academy believes that potty training should be approached as potty learning. It is a learning process and, as we all know, people have different learning styles: auditory, visual or kinesthetic. Most people learn best through a combination of the three types of learning styles, but everybody is different. That is why they provide many different resources including printable coloring sheets, videos, activities you can do together and more. It’s an all inclusive approach to teaching your child how to go on the potty.
When your child “enrolls” in the Potty Power Academy you can print off a certificate of enrollment for them. Once they graduate and have mastered the potty they even get a diploma!
After many years potty training here are my top 5 secrets that I’ll share with you!
- It’s never to early to start talking about going on the potty and introducing it to your child, but don’t push them to do it! A strong willed child will only push back and delay their potty learning even more. I had one child learn to go on the potty at 18 months and another didn’t learn until he was 3.
- Celebrate. Celebrate. Celebrate. Every little accomplishment deserves a HUGE celebration when it comes to potty learning. Celebrate all of it and exaggerate everything positive that they do. We made a BIG deal out of buying underwear, a HUGE deal out of peeing in the potty and a DANCE PARTY every time they pooped in the potty. Set your pride aside and cheer them on no matter how goofy you look. You can even throw a potty training party to motivate your little one to learn to go on the potty.
- Do not scold them for accidents AT ALL. Don’t make accidents a negative thing that you punish or scold them for. Accidents are very much a part of learning to go on the potty and should never be made into a negative thing. When they have an accident just reinforce that pee pee or poo poo goes in the potty not on the floor (or wherever they had an accident).
- Be consistent! Choose a week to begin potty learning when you don’t plan to leave the house at all. There is nothing worse than teaching a child to go on the potty, only to strap them in a car seat and not have readily available access to a bathroom at a second’s notice. Set them up for success and stay home.
- Give lots and lots of fluids! You want them to be running to the potty very frequently so ensure that they are by loading them up on fluids. Serve salty snacks to encourage increased fluid intake. The more opportunities you have for them to go potty, the more practice they get and the better they catch on.
Those are my top five secrets to fast potty training that I wish someone had told me long ago.
Still feeling overwhelmed? That’s normal! I highly recommend trying out Potty Power Academy. They’ve done all the legwork for you and their lesson plans emphasize child centered learning rather than adult centered training. It makes potty training fun and interactive. They have all the charts and activities planned along with the lessons and it makes it a piece of cake. You choose how you go about teaching your child and the benefits are vast! Plus you can try it for 7 days completely FREE of charge.
During your completely free trial you’ll get access to their comprehensive step by step guide on potty learning, all the lesson plans and activities that go along with them. You’ll also get the free printables you see in my photos above! They give you everything you need to successfully potty train your child without all the frustration!
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! Ditch the diapers the easy way and get all the step by step instruction you need in order to successfully teach your child to go on the potty like a big kid! Give Potty Power Academy a try (for free!).