We can’t quite believe that Christmas has come around this quickly, but the festive season is soon to be upon us. With traditional songs starting to play in the shops and decorations popping up on the high street, we always have a lovely sense of nostalgia at this time of year as we take the time to consider celebrations in years gone by and just how special this time of year is for all the family.
Whether your children are two or 22, the holidays are the perfect time to get together with loved ones and just enjoy good company, delicious food and uninterrupted quality time. With little ones, this is also the perfect time of year to start creating traditions as a family.
The last thing that you will want during this period is any type of stress or conflict within the household. If you have a child who is currently potty training or showing signs of readiness and may soon begin the process, it’s important to be aware of how to minimise disruption during the holiday season.
This is a time of year where emotions run high and children get swept up in it all. While the excitement is obviously a good thing and it is joyful to watch the little ones get excited about Santa, you also need to have potty training established enough so that the process doesn’t get thrown completely out of sync. You can keep things on an even keel by taking a few simple steps. This also means making sure that any good work you’ve done so far, and any progress that has been made, is not lost.
Assuming that your child has shown enough signs of readiness, it’s best to start training as far in advance of Christmas as possible. Potty training, like all milestone learning, is all about turning new concepts into habits and you want to give yourself and your little one as much time as possible to get used to the new routine.
If your child is almost but not quite ready, then there are other ways you can prep to make sure potty training is more familiar when you do begin, even if it is closer to Christmas than you would like. All of our all-in-one adult and child toilet seats come complete with a set of potty training accessories to support the learning and independence process.
Take some time out when the house is quiet to sit down with your child and show them the potty training tools. They can personalise the wall chart and door hanger, then you can put them up together. You can also allow them in the bathroom while you set up the seat onto your existing toilet, so that they don’t get any unexpected surprises when they do come to use it. This will all establish the idea of potty training as something routine and make sure your child understands that it’s nothing to be afraid of.
Another way to familiarise your child with potty training is to introduce milestone language into the day to day. Good and regular communication is key to mastering the milestones. One of the easiest ways is to use the language yourself – if you need to use the loo, then just casually mention this before heading to the bathroom so that your child sees it is not a big deal.
You can encourage older siblings to do the same. Enhance your toddler’s learning by reading books themed around potty training with fun characters and colourful illustrations to support positive thinking and associations with the concept.
At this time of year, you can also establish another idea of routine with set traditions that your child will quickly get used to and provide a good sense of continuity throughout the busy holiday season. He or she may feel a little out of sorts if dad/mum is spending more time at home over the period when they are usually at work – re-establish the balance by introducing fun traditions for all the family such as a walk all together after breakfast each morning followed by a mug of hot chocolate and some relaxed time together as a family. These are easy traditions that can be continued throughout the years for children of all ages whilst helping to establish a sense of familiarity to support ongoing milestone development.
Remember, even if the Christmas period is a little hectic, honour your commitment to potty training and keep going. You and your toddler put a lot of work into every milestone, and you owe it to yourselves to create the best possible chance of maintaining your efforts.
The Progress Chart and Door Hanger are a great way to set up a rewards-based system for potty training. Every all-in-one adult and child toilet seat comes complete with these potty-training essentials as well as a 10-Year Guarantee. We have also created a comprehensive potty training guide that is free to access through our website, click here to read the guide including a range of expert tips and answers to common potty-training problems.
Family Seat supports the children’s communication charity I CAN, who are experts in helping children to develop the language, speech and communication skills that they need to thrive in our 21st-century world. We donate 50p to I CAN on every seat purchased through the official Family Seat website.