But there is a light at the end of tunnel, mamas, trust me.
I’ve searched relentlessly for tips and tricks on potty training when I was going through it with my son and these are the ones that not only worked for us, but that other parents from around the web have used and been successful with.
1. Bribery Works…If It’s Done Right
Here’s the trick with bribery, mamas.
First, it has to be something that your kids like – not what you like. For instance, if your child’s favorite candy is m&ms, then that’s the bribe. You may prefer them to be bribed with carrot sticks, but those are boring to our little ones. So make the bribe something they can’t resist.
Second, the bribe candy has to be where they can see it, hear it, and know that, without a doubt, they’re going to receive it if they do their business in the potty.
Some moms have kept the candy in a clear jar that they keep right next to the potty, others have placed the candy in a piggy bank and let the kids shake it, some moms have even given out the bribe when their child did a good job realizing they had to go.
Because, remember, understanding the feeling of having to go is just as important as getting the action of going itself down pat.
And lastly, don’t be stingy with the bribe candy. Hand it out freely once your child has done the deed correctly. Once my son got his urges, actions, and hand washing all down I saw nothing wrong with giving him a full candy bar that he got to eat at various times throughout the day.
Rewards work wonders if they’re given at the right time.
2. Stretching The Truth Goes A Long Way
It’s not that we’re telling you to lie to your children, but taking the truth and stretching it as far as you can may just come in handy.
For example, think of an elaborate story to tell your children as to where their toilet happenings go.
It could be food for the fish, a magical land where it helps nourish the fairies, maybe it even travels all the way to Hogwarts to help Harry defeat Voldemort.
Whatever it is that your kids revel in (trucks, trains, Barbies, etc), use your imagination and theirs to help get their potty trips to that faraway land to save the day.
3. Consistency Is Key
When you’re first starting out with the potty training, sticking to time intervals is the way to go.
Pick a time frame, say, every twenty minutes, and stick your little one on the potty even they say they don’t have to go. At least tell them to try.
Once they understand that the potty is where their business goes, you can very gradually increase the time frame for when you place them on again.
4. Don’t Forget About Dad
Sometimes, dads can work their magic to get your little ones to do things that mom can’t.
Use this power of dad to your advantage — and this will be especially helpful if you’re training a boy since dad has what he has.
This was the case in my house during our potty training venture. I could tell and ask my son to use the bathroom until I wanted to pull my hair out, when his father told him to try and go, he went in effortlessly.
Maybe he wanted to be a big boy for dad, maybe he wanted to show off to dad that he could do it, or maybe he simply felt a tad more comfortable seeing how the boys did it rather than the girls.
Regardless of what the reason, and I didn’t care what it was so long as we moved along in this potty training thing, my son went much more easily on the potty when his father wanted him to do it.
5. The Naked Truth
Sometimes, you just have to strip the kids and let them be naked to feel how being soiled really feels.
I know many families who have had success potty training this way.
Of course, this works better if you can do most of the ‘training’ outside, but if you can’t then there’s always the option of covering your furniture in plastic for the weekend while the kids are getting the hang of having to go.
Feeling bowel movements actually trickle down your leg isn’t a pleasant experience for anyone, be it adult or child. And your kids will catch on to this rather quickly and actually prefer to do their business in the potty for obvious reasons.
I have read parents’ accounts of having finished training their kids in one weekend by letting them run around naked for the two days and I’ve heard from the other side of the spectrum where the naked thing just didn’t work in their house.
And that’s okay, what works for one won’t necessarily work for others.
- Always remember that potty training takes time, regardless if you’re dealing with a boy or a girl. Our kids have to understand the need to go as well as the action of going.
- It will all come in time and soon diapers will be a thing of the past for your family. Remember that we’ve all been through it and you’re not alone. The potty training will happen and your child will get the hang of it, just hang in there.
About the author: Danielle is a professional blogger, freelance writer, social media manager, and web content editor specializing in parenting, family, pregnancy, social media, start-ups and entrepreneurial topics. To learn more about Danielle, please visit her website at www.PenPointEditorial.com.