Are you and your child struggling with the whole potty training thing? I’m so happy to say that my potty training days are over! Well for another 2 years anyway. Luckily for me, my daughter’s daycare teacher did the honor of potty training her. However, potty training my son was left completely up to me and it was like climbing a mountain. We would make progress, then lose our stride, slip… and fall. This cycle continued until we finally made it to the top of the potty training mountain. Now I realize that following one simple rule could have cut our journey in half.
Be consistent! That’s the one rule that I didn’t follow right away. It sounds like such an easy task, but it’s hard. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that consistency is key until the very end. That’s why I’m passing on this little tidbit of wisdom to you. Hopefully it can save you a few headaches.
How do you stay consistent? Put your child on the potty several times a day, at the same time everyday. For instance, you can start by putting him on every 2 hours. It may take him a few tries to get the hang of it and actually do anything, but this will help him become familiar with the potty and understand it’s purpose. Once he catches on, you should be able to determine what times he actually urinates. Use this knowledge to decrease the frequency from every 2 hours to whatever times work best for him. For example, if your child typically uses it after a meal, then those times can become his regular routine. With my son, I noticed that he tended to pee immediately after waking up, shortly after meal times, and right before bed.
Whatever your routine becomes, try your best to stick to it. This way your child will begin to anticipate those potty times, and learn to control his bladder. Sooner than later, he’ll be asking for the potty instead of waiting for it.