We are in process of potty training our little gal. She is doing great, but we are having trouble getting her sit on potty for more than two seconds. We tried letting her read her favorite books, but she uses them at bedtime and nap time, so she was not that interested in using them in the bathroom. I have seen people using iPads or tablets while potty training, but I really did not want technology in there. The kids always seem to get plenty of tech time.
What else could we try?
She loves to sing! It took me awhile to think about trying this out. So far we have made several potty songs, and she is loving them. She likes to sing “Let Me Go” or “Bye, Bye Pee”.
- Make your own silly songs about potty training
- Read their Favorite Books
- Use time for special conversation (find out what they are thinking)
- Play I-Spy
- Reward them for trying (we do a silly fist bump)
- Stay Calm & Relaxed (nobody can potty when stressed or nervous)
- Ask them to go potty with you (I usually say “Can you help Mommy go potty?”)
- Drink Plenty of Liquids
- Try Reward Chart
- Make them feel grown up (Let them flush, wipe, and wash their own hands)
- What works for one kid won’t always work for another (try to think about his/her interests)
- Don’t Use Pull-Ups (They are to much like diapers and always confused my kids)
- Wait till they are ready (Most kids potty train between 2 1/2 and 4)
- Keep in mind that they may not master nights till 4.
- Expect accidents and don’t make a huge deal. Just calmly remind them that pee or poop goes in the potty.
- Get Fun Underwear
What works for your toddler?
I know so many of you have went through potty training, and I hope you can share what works for you in the comments below.
And if you happen to hear some singing going on in a stall next to you, I hope it puts a smile on your face, because the songs will be goofy.