One of the most dreaded and yet looked forward to steps in your toddlers development.
1.Make sure your child is ready- Do they show signs of readiness? Do they indicate when they need to go, or have just gone? Do they do the “gotta go dance”? Can they stay dry for long periods of time? Are they showing any interest in using the potty like a big boy/girl? By all means give it a good try, if the time is not right stop for a month or two and try again.
2. Go shopping- Make a big deal of this new step by going to pick out underwear or pullups with your child’s favorite character, and a special potty. Letting them pick out these items for becoming a big boy/girl will give them a sense of power over the experience- and we all know toddlers love power!
3.Set a Timer- Little ones are easily distracted and may not always notice or want to stop playing when they get the urge to go. Set a Timer for every 15-20 minutes and let your child know that means its time to stop what they are doing and go. Of course encourage them to come anytime they feel the need but having regular potty breaks will cut way down on accidents. This is a fun timer that would work great later for other activities like timed clean ups, etc. … [read more]