motherhood,  toddlerlife

10 tips to make your toddler's potty training successful.

On my previous post I shared about Zoe’s potty journey (click this Key to potty training ). Today, I will be sharing some tips that worked for us and might help you with your bubba’s potty journey.
1. Demonstrate
Children are observers and they learn by observing and watching. Zoe always follows me whenever I use the restroom. Because she’s clingy like that. Haha I know most mommas can relate. So when she wanted a potty seat she knows how to use it already just by observing me.
2. Buy tools
Buy them a potty or potty seat or both. It is very important that they are comfortable. Because when you don’t have the right tool for them they might get intimidate or even get traumatized.
3. Let them choose
Zoe chose her potty and potty seat. And because of that she’s so eager to start her potty journey. By letting them choose, they will feel the excitement of potty training.
4. Have a schedule
Every time Zoe wakes up, I always told her that she needs to go to her potty before anything else. During our first week of potty training I always ask her if she needs to pee every 2 hours. Then she get used to it and pee whenever she need to without me asking. For night time, I wake her up to pee every 4 hours. It is really helpful that they gave a routine to follow so that they will get used to it.
5. Location
I placed Zoe’s potty seat near our restroom so she knows it’s the only place where she can pee or poop. But one day she told me that her seat is only for pee and she’ll poop in our restroom. So better have a permanent designated spot for your bubba.
6. Be ready for accidents
Potty training takes a lot of time and patience. There will always be an accident. If she/he pee on her underwear, don’t get angry. Don’t give them the look of frustration whenever they had an accident. Because there will always be an accident, just be patient with your kids and remind them of your instructions.
7. Give instructions
Give them clear instructions. Don’t scare your child. I always tell Zoe that whenever she needs to pee or poop, she can always ask me for help. Tell them the location of their potty, to always wipe after and wash hands every time.
8. Teach your kids about good hygiene
In our house I set up a place where she can wash her hands after peeing or pooping. I also taught her how to wipe after. It might be challenging but they’ll get there.
9. Know your child’s cue
Whenever Zoe paused and get teary eyed it’s one of my cue that she needs to poop. So I will ask her if she will poop or pee and lead her to her potty. You must know your child’s cue because it’s really helpful to avoid accidents.
10. Do activities so they can enjoy the seat
Whenever Zoe seems to be bored, I read books to her while she’s sitting on her potty. Sometimes we’ll sing or count. Just so she’ll enjoy her time.
There you go mommas, 10 tips that worked for us. Remember don’t force your child when they’re not yet ready. If it worked for you and your bubba too please leave a comment down below. 😊
Do you have any question about potty training? I’d love to help. Just ask away! 😊
-Momma ZG ❤

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  • Rachael Berthiaume

    I am nowhere near having kids yet, but with a new puppy at my house (trying to crate/potty train her) I wish I could help the pup out like this! I also hope I remember these tips when the time comes.

  • Alicia Owen (@BoredinArkansas)

    I wish my 2 year old were ready. -_- Her older sister potty trained around the same age, so I was hoping, since she sees me and big sister using the potty, she would be all about it. Not so much. She will sit on the stupid thing for 10/15 minutes, if you let her, but has no desire to actually use it for its intended purpose!

  • jlizette4426

    These are all great tips! I don’t have kids, but I can totally understand how hard it is to teach something new to a toddler. I especially liked the tip about letting them choose their seat!

  • Amanda Ripsam

    My 11 year old has accidents wetting the bed sometimes so it feels like even tough the day time and mostly night time training is done there is always a opps here and there. I would say the best advice don’t stress about it. I remember doing the 3 day potty training method with my daughter for 3 weeks. keep encouraging and rewarding is the best method I have found helpful.

  • Cristina Coroiu

    Such cute tips. I’m a cat mom, and I remember when she was little and I trained her to used the litter box. She was so cute when she tried to get to the litter box and little pop will be all the way to the litter box :)) I think those tips help new moms with kids.

  • Amber

    Oh man, I remember these days with my kids. They were so stubborn! It took a bit for them to finally decide to use the toilet.

  • Tangled in Text

    I might not have a kid, but I even do some of these steps when potty training the puppies I watch. My most important is a schedule. When I first get a puppy I try to take it out every 30 minutes and the chance that one of those times they pee and its outside I can praise them, but their bladders are so small and they don’t know how to hold it or that they should so baby steps 🙂

  • lisajakesmomma

    These are great tips. My son is almost 3.5 and hasn’t been too interested. We have tried on and off, but never had much success. However, pretty soon I am going to make a big attempt and these tips will help a ton!

  • justbusylovinglife

    This would have been helpful a few years ago! But I made it, we past and I am so glad to be done with that stage!

  • Ariana Loyola

    these are awesome tips! will definitely consider these for when its training time for my youngest. I enjoy this stage of life very much. i used to sing songs with my daughter on the toilet. thank you for sharing these tips.

  • Tadpoles And Mud Puddles

    Definitely don’t push too hard! My son is three and still isn’t ready. He doesn’t like going in anything other than his diaper and will literally through fits when I throw away the dirty diaper. When he’s ready we will try harder but for now, I make him sit on the toilet morning and night.

    • lifewithzg

      True enough. My daughter potty trained herself at 11 months that’s because she’s ready. When they’re ready the potty journey will not be stressful on both sides.

    • lifewithzg

      Indeed it was one of the hardest phase of motherhood. But don’t stress yourself. When your child is ready, he/she will potty on her/his own. I posted the key to potty training as well. You might want to check it out. 😊

  • babyfatblogging

    We are just starting to potty train! My son wants EVERYONE to sit on the toilet while he sits on his little toilet…and he knows if you’re faking, lol! It’s going to be a fun ride…thanks for sharing your tips!

  • viviankadbi

    this is a great post! I was a nanny for a few years and something I really struggled with was potty training! I will save this for when i become a mommy 🙂

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