Planning is key! Above all, taking the time to prepare yourself, your child and your home for potty training is undoubtedly the best way forward to achieve a successful potty training for all involved. Many parents struggle with this issue but are afraid to admit it due to the often-competitive nature of milestones and the fear that your toddler is not at the same stage as their friends.
Every child develops at a different pace but the important thing is that you are prepared to set aside time and make a realistic plan for when your child is ready. Delaying the process for any reason can put excess pressure on your child’s bladder and bowels, leading to constipation, regression or other physical and psychological issues.
You can help things along by keeping a close watch on your toddler to ensure that you recognise the signs they may need the loo, as well as being prepared to drop everything you are doing to take your child to the loo as soon as they ask.
A survey of early years staff by charity ERIC and the National Day Nurseries Association revealed that 68% of them felt that over the past five years, children were being potty trained at a later age. In addition, almost half (43%) felt it was down to parents putting it off because they are too busy or at work too long.
The nursery practitioners said parents needed more support, and 92% believed toilet training should be a shared responsibility between nursery and home. While this theoretically means that not all of the pressure is on the parents, the reality is that potty training habits begin in the home under the guidance of mum and dad, or the child’s main carer.
There are some key ways that parents can set things up to be easier in the long run, and potentially reduce the overall time it takes to train.
This will make it seem less intimidating when they start to use it, especially if they have seen their older siblings, and mum and dad, use the same seat.
While potty training is never going to be entirely predictable, you can set up some habits early on to give an element of consistency, which is absolutely key for success. This means using the seat as soon as they wake up and after each meal. Setting up a strict routine also means that time-strapped parents will be able to prepare in advance.
Communication is key so that all of the important authority figures in your child’s life are on the same page when it comes to potty training. It will also help when you are short on time and have other people to keep an eye on your child’s progress.
Another way that you can set up effectively for potty training and organically encourage success is by putting a Family Seat in each of the bathrooms in your home. This means that your child can easily use the loo whenever they need and wherever in the house they happen to be when nature calls. The same goes for the grandparents’ home and any other place where you child spends a lot of time.
Ultimately, you need to trust in yourself and your partner as parents, and find the best strategy for you and your schedules. Don’t set unrealistic goals as this will only lead to disappointment and frustration which may pass down to your child. Instead, plan ahead and make sure everything is in place as early as possible to save time and hassle for everyone involved.
The Family Seat Progress Chart and Door Hanger are a great way to set up a rewards-based system for potty training. Every Family Seat comes complete with these potty-training essentials and a 10-Year Guarantee.
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