Your child’s first accomplishment in life is the creation of … poop! Avoid potty training problems and enjoy the Perks of Positive Potty Training with a Dozen Positive Potty Training Tips.
Infants and toddlers can get so excited about their creations. When parents bring a positive attitude to potty business, life can be so much happier for little ones!! The perks of positive toileting training go beyond the potty and impact self-image and comfort with natural bodily processes.
As a mother, I had a variety of potty experiences with my children. One child took a long slow path to becoming fully independent from using training pants. Another child took charge of the transition to potty use at 18 months. What I have learned is that potty training is a deeply personal experience of the child, and parents have to just chill out and go with the flow.
Taking a positive approach to introducing the potty is the best way to go! Parents can totally avoid potty training problems with gentle but effective potty training tips and strategies.
I am not so bold as to think I can tell YOU how to potty train your child. Parents have successfully used so many wonderful ways to get children to develop toileting skills. Your inner parent will guide you as to what is best for your little one!
What I will share are some ideas that might inspire you to move forward in a positive way toward potty training with your child. Here are some things to consider, and a few ideas about what has worked with children with special needs …
1) Bring the potty chair into the house a few months before beginning to potty train
2) Play with your child and pretend to potty train a doll
3) Get some wonderful books on potty time
4) Find a whimsical way to talk about going potty, like ‘watering the flowers’
5) Create a potty schedule to remind your child to go potty
7) Reduce your child’s liquid intake in the few hours leading up to bedtime
9) Reduce anxiety of children who are afraid that they will fall in by using a separate potty chair or a toilet seat that reduces the size of the hole
10) Use training pants or a potty training system that will allow your child to feel wet drawers (see example of a lovely training system below)
11) Sing a potty song!
12) No matter what, resist the temptation to comment on smelly business! This is a time to celebrate your child’s wonderful potty time accomplishments!
Your children are still learning to claim mastery over the human body. Even adults are sometimes challenged to suppress burps or digestive noises that are socially inappropriate. So parents, please be patient while your children get a handle on toileting skills!
As you approach potty time with a positive attitude and patient spirit, your child will increase confidence, comfort, and skill in the areas of toileting and overall self care. One of the amazing perks of positive potty training is that your children will develop a positive attitude about their bodies and natural bodily processes. And that is a gift that will keep on giving to your child for a lifetime!
Scroll to bottom to read a bit more on toilet training children with unique challenges such as disabilities, medical problems, or who suffered trauma, abuse, or neglect …
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These lovely training pants and pads help toddlers feel when they are wet! Diapers and training pants are designed to be super absorbent … but this deprives little ones of feeling when they are wet. Allow your child to feel wet … and make a mental connection with the sensation of urgency and being wet … to promote toileting training!
Following are a few more of our favorites … I purchased several froggy potty chairs for my grandchildren. They are my personal favorite!!
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Potty Training for Medical Challenge, Disability, Trauma or Abuse
Parents or caregivers of children who have unique challenges must incorporate some more intensive strategies to promote toileting skills. Look for additional articles and training materials that discuss the politics of toileting with children of abuse, neglect, trauma, or who have physical challenges or disability that impair toileting mastery. Specialized techniques support these precious children in developing bowel and bladder control and mastering complex toileting competencies.
Some examples of specialized potty training strategies for children with unique challenges include taking things slow, practicing compassion, and allowing children to work out frustrations or fears through dramatic play. Songs and games can also promote toileting training for children with unique challenges that interfere with potty mastery.