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“I did yellow!” my two-year-old said today. He was referring to having used the potty first thing in the morning. So far my twin boys have been using the potty, thanks to encouraging its use months ago.
But despite being twins, the two couldn’t be more different with their potty use. One asks to use the potty while the other will only do so when his brother does. One doesn’t like peeing and pooping in his diaper. Meanwhile his brother won’t bother to tell us his diaper has had poop for the last 30 minutes.
They’re comfortable using the potty, but aren’t consistent enough to go diaper-free.
The 5 do’s and don’ts of preparing for potty training
Still, even with their different interests in the potty, both have used it with success. Whether you’re potty training in three days or doing so a little at a time, preparation is important. Encourage your child’s interest in the potty long before you ditch diapers for good with these following tips.
1. Do talk about potty training positively
Anytime you mention using the potty, do so in an encouraging and positive way. You don’t want to scare your child or build anxiety about this new way of peeing or pooping. Instead, treat it like an exciting next step or something to explore.
2. Don’t make your child feel bad when he has accidents
Accidents will happen, no doubt. Even when you’re not potty training, you’ll see your share of pee that didn’t make it in the toilet. Maybe your child hasn’t had accidents but one day spoiled his whole outfit.
It’s easy to show our disappointment, but remember his overall progress. A few accidents, even consecutive ones, don’t wipe out the times he did well.
Or perhaps he’s had nothing but accidents. Same thing: don’t make him feel bad or that he did something wrong. Instead, explain that accidents happen. Then teach him what he needs to do to better avoid it in the future.
3. Do incorporate potty use into your schedule
The twins use the potty in the morning when they change out of their pajamas and into their day clothes. They also use it when they undress for their bath. Those two times during the day are the guaranteed times they’ll use the potty.
Incorporating the potty into your routine will make it as regular as their other daily tasks. Potty use won’t seem strange, but rather something ordinary they always do.
4. Don’t have a potty training deadline
Sometimes we stress our kids about using the potty by a certain time. Maybe you want him potty trained so he can attend preschool. Or before your upcoming vacation.
But not all kids follow the same timeline with potty training. Some express interest as early as 18 months, while others take several years more to master it.
5. Do use potty training pants
Anyone who has tried potty training kids with diapers know how inconvenient it can be. Training pants give you the convenience of underwear with the protection of a diaper.
You won’t need to remove pants or diapers for your child to use the potty—simply pull the pants and training pants down.
CVS Training Pants are an excellent choice for potty training.
Unlike other training pants I’ve seen, these have sides you can refasten where you can pull them down and open them with the sides. And when you do open the sides, you can put them back together, not toss them in the trash.
Another cool thing about CVS Training Pants is their wetness indicator. Instead of holding a diaper up to gauge its weight (and wetness), you can look at its indicator. And CVS Training Pants customize for the needs of boys and girls.
Potty training is a process that starts long before your child ditches diapers. By following the above do’s and don’ts, you’ll help your child be on his way to mastering potty training.
Your turn: What are your best tips for potty training? When did you know your child was ready to potty train?
Tell me in the comments: What are your best ways of preparing for potty training?