Most parents dread the task of having to potty train their kids and have visions of a lengthy process with plenty of mistakes along the way. But the the process doesn’t need to be complicated and the following techniques will allow a toddler to achieve potty training in a day.
1. Be Prepared
Achieving success in any task is largely dependent on the preparation. First assess whether the toddler is ready for toilet training. Are they displaying interest in the toilet and what mom and dad are doing when they sit on it? Are diaper changes becoming less frequent and are they often dry at changing time? These are just two signs that the child may be ready for potty training.
Read the training day instructions carefully and pay careful attention to practices that should be avoided. Make sure that all the necessary tools and equipment are ready for the big day. A potty, training pants (not pull-up diapers) and a potty training doll are essential. Some sweets and treats to celebrate the big event will also be required.
Make a day available that mom or dad can dedicate entirely to the potty training techniques. Put the phone off, pack the laptop away and spend the time necessary to ensure success.
2. Potty Training In A Day
Set the tools up early in the morning in the bathroom or a place where the child will feel comfortable using the potty. Allow the toddler to feed the training doll water, remove the doll’s pants and then place the doll on the potty to allow the water to pass. When the water is in the potty, make a big fuss of praising the doll and throw a party to celebrate the event.
Explain to the toddler that they will also get a party when they pee in the potty. Then feed them lots of water and ask them if they need to go potty on a regular basis. Make sure that they are wearing the training pants and not a diaper.
The child may be easily distracted from the process so reinforce the teaching technique by allowing the doll to go potty at least another three times. Also allow the doll to make a mistake and explain to the toddler what has happened and that it would be better for the doll to urinate in the potty. Make sure that this is done in a positive manner.
Let the child take off their underwear and practice sitting on the potty. When he or she finally pees in the potty, praise them and remember to celebrate with the promised potty party.
Just because the child has successfully used the potty once, doesn’t mean that mistakes won’t happen in the future. Do not put a diaper back on the child to avoid mistakes but only during the night when they are asleep. Rather let your child help you clean up the mess, change their clothing and then take them back to the potty 9 times after each mistake.