Most parents begin potty training during the summer months, when the weather is warmer and their kiddos can wear less clothing or run around bare bottomed in the backyard. There are tons of potty training methods around, and every child is different so it's hard to tell what approach will work best for your tot. I think the most important factors for successful potty training are proper training pants, the right attitude, and throwing a potty party. Keep reading to learn some helpful tips for potty training success!
Is Your Child Ready?
Before you start buying portable potties, training pants, or anything else, make sure your child is ready. If your child shows interest in the toilet or in wearing underwear, can understand directions, can let you know she needs to use the potty, can pull her pants up and down herself, can sit down and get up from the potty, then she may be ready. Do not force it. If your tot isn’t ready, try again at a later date.
The Right Kind of Training Pants
One of the most important factors in potty training is getting the right training pants. For the day time, you want to have reusable training pants, that resemble underwear, and that aren’t fully protected so your child can feel whether they are wet or not. You can go straight to underwear too. If you are going out of the house or during the night, you’ll want a training pant that won’t leak, but still feels like underwear so your child doesn’t get confused. Skip disposable training pants — they are too similar to diapers!
Allow your child to help pick out his training pants or underwear and allow him to choose which pair he wants to wear at each change. He will feel more independent by making his own choices, which will make him feel like a big kid.
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