If you are reading this right now then you might be thinking, “How do I go about potty training my child?” There are lots of resources out there… in fact, there are over a million results if you search potty training tips. So, what can I provide you that is different?
Well… let’s be honest. A lot of the potty training tips out there are pretty much the same BUT the problem is that not all of them work for all children. Why? Children have different temperaments, which means they have different needs.
My goal here is to help you make sense of potty training tips and choose the ones that make the most sense for your child. I filtered the four main aspects of temperament that, in my opinion, have the greatest impact on potty training success. Those are:
- Adaptability– Transitions easily or has difficulty with new experiences?
- Attention span/persistence– Gives up easily or very persistent?
- Rhythmicity– Regular or irregular eating, sleeping and pooping patterns?
- Sensitivity– High or low sensitivity to stimuli like temperature and noise?
New to understanding temperament? Be sure to check out these resources:
- Temperament 101
- The 9 Temperamental Traits- Part 1
- The 9 Temperamental Traits-Part 2
- Get a customized report of you and your child’s temperament here
Ready to get started? Great!
Step 1: Make sure your child is actually ready to potty train. Your child may be 2 or 4. Age doesn’t matter! Being developmentally and emotionally ready does. Not sure if they are ready? Here is a very simple resource to check out > Potty Training Readiness Infographic (outside source to Pull-ups.com) For my daughter, she showed a lot of interest when we used the restroom, she knew when she was going, and she was keeping her diaper dry for longer periods of time.
Step 2: Get yourself ready for being super adaptable! No one formula will work, so you will need to read your child’s cues as to what works for them. My resource will definitely help you with this! For us, we thought we were going to potty train immediately on a normal size toilet with a toddler seat. That wasn’t working, so instead of giving up, we went out and bought a princess training toilet and this worked! Then, over time, she started going pee on a big toilet and eventually got comfortable pooping on it too.
Step 3: Use my infographic to help you! This will help you get on the right track for your child!
Step 4: Want to try other tips that you don’t see here? Awesome! There are tons of great ideas out there. Just make sure cross check the idea with your child’s temperament. It could be the greatest sounding idea, but if it doesn’t make sense for your child then it won’t work.
Oh! Two more tips that are great for any child! This portable toilet seat was the best purchase ever! It folds up super small, comes with a travel bag, and works on pretty much any toilet. I still carry this with us so I don’t have to hold her over toilets in public. It comes in 3 colors. We got it in pink. 🙂
Last tip… it’s a great one! If your child is afraid of the sound of automatic flushing toilets, carry some masking tape in your purse or bag. So it doesn’t take up a lot of space, wrap some around a pen! This way, you can stick a piece over the toilet sensor so it doesn’t go off when your child is sitting on it. My husband is to thank for this brilliant idea!
I truly hope these tips get you on the right foot for potty training success. Be sure to post your comments and questions below. I’d love to hear how it goes for you!