Wondering when your child should transition from the potty to the toilet? If your little one uses the potty at the same time each day, is able to climb steps and walk on their own, can remove their clothes by themselves, they might be ready to graduate from potty to toilet. However, being physically ready is only the first part of the process. Getting over the emotional barrier is the real challenge.
Toilet training can be a daunting experience for toddlers and parents too. That is why support, love and some stickers can encourage them to take the big leap they need to use a grown-up toilet. That’s where toilet training comes in. You can encourage your child to use the toilet instead of the potty when they are ready by making sure that the toilet is comfortable and easy for them to reach. A portable toddler potty seat will prevent your child from perching precariously on the edge of the seat and will also help them feel secure. Available in colourful and fun designs, a portable potty seat may be just what your child needs to start feeling comfortable on the toilet.
When shopping for a portable potty seat, the most important features to look for are safety, security and “kid appeal”. Finding a potty seat which your child feels safe using and thinks it’s fun and exciting might mean you’ve already won half of the battle. Consider taking your toddler with you to pick their ‘special potty”. They might feel proud of choosing their particular potty or toilet seat, which will only help make your job easier. Once you’ve got your child a potty seat, it’ll be time to start the training journey.
Tips for a Smooth Transition
Create a Routine
Try to sit your child on the toilet at the same time every day when they usually poo or pee, for example in the morning or before bedtime. Even if your little one doesn’t manage to go, this will help them get into the routine of going into the toilet at the right time.
Show Your Child How
Toilet training is all about leading by example. Teach your child (boy or girl) how to go to the toilet sitting down first. Show them how to take down their training pants, sit on the seat, wipe and flush. If you have a boy, once he masters how to poo sitting down, he can learn how to pee standing up.
Keep Your Child Motivated
Remind your kid that using the toilet means they are growing up. In the beginning, a tangible incentive, like putting a sticker on the calendar, can help too. As your child becomes more comfortable using the toilet, stop with the rewards and let their inner motivation take over.
What to Avoid When Toilet Training Your Little One
Children are all about trying to gain some control over their world. For that, they use their growing physical, thinking and language skills to gain some power over themselves, their bodies and their surroundings. This natural and healthy desire to control can result in power struggles, as they discover that one way to feel in charge is by refusing to do something they know their parents want them to do. Learning to use the toilet is, without a doubt, one of the things all parents want their children to do, and children quickly pick up on that. Toilet training is particularly ripe for power struggles because it is so connected with children wanting to have control over their own bodies.
So, make sure you approach the toilet training without a lot of emotion. Make it look like it’s just another skill you’re helping your child learn. Showing anger or disappointment when things are not going well, or overwhelming joy when they are is the best way to let your child know this is something you want them to do badly. Refusing to do it becomes a very powerful way for them to feel in control. Simply said, the more emotional you get, the more it shows your child how much it matters to you that they use the toilet.
How to Avoid Toilet Training Mistakes
Arguably, the biggest mistake you can do is starting the toilet training process before your child is ready. Other common mistakes include:
- Starting toilet training during a stressful time in your child’s life – like a home move or around the arrival of a new baby in the house;
- Continuing to push toilet training when your child isn’t interested;
- Punishing your child for having accidents while toilet training;
- Expecting it to be a quick process and being able to finish in a weekend;
- Expecting your child to complete all aspects of toilet training at the same time when using the toilet in public places;
- Relying on the same toilet training method for each of your kids, which may not work if your kids have very different temperaments.