Potty training can be so challenging, both for the child and the parents. Tears, triumphs, accidents, more tears and accidents, and then, just when you’re ready to throw in the towel, they finally got it! It’s not an easy ordeal. But there are some potty training tricks that could make it easier. While they can’t guarantee a fast training experience, you’ll save your sanity (and your kids’ sanity as well). Here are some amazing tips from parents who’ve been there and done that, and learned a few tricks along the way.
Potty Training Tricks to Make Going to the Bathroom Fun
We’ve all had toddlers who are just way too excited to unroll that toilet paper, right? Hello, clogged toilet. Try this toilet paper trick. Put a strip of paper (or a sticker) on the wall, teach your kiddo to pull the paper down to just there, and tear it off. Problem solved!
Make potty cleanup after #2 a snap by putting a coffee filter inside the potty. This may or may not seem easier than just washing/rinsing it out… but when it’s one of those sticky days (you know what we mean), then you’ll thank us.
Washing hands can be difficult if your kid can’t even reach the water! Make a diy sink extender out of an old plastic bottle. Genius!
When kids have to go, they have to go, especially during car trips. When he or she needs to potty while traveling, you’ll be thankful that you had a potty chair and a diaper handy. It makes clean-up super easy no matter if it’s pee or poo.
If you haven’t already been through this, you and your child will be spending a lot of time in the bathroom. If the idea of a phone or tablet in the bathroom weirds you out, give kiddo a dry erase marker instead. Yes, even boys can sit on the potty backwards. Less mess!
Training pants are crazy expensive at the stores. Make your own washable, reusable training pants at home with burp cloths and undies. It’s easy… you don’t need to be great at sewing. Who’s gonna see them, anyway?
Some boys think this is cool… my son was disturbed by having Cheerios in his toilet. But if your boy likes to “target practice,” throw a few pieces of cereal in the toilet for him to aim at when he pees.
Let your kiddo put his or her toys on the potty. It never hurts to have a friend learning something new along with you, right?
Keep a potty training scorecard if that motivates your kid.
Potty training charts are also helpful for kids who love stickers. (And, honestly, what kid doesn’t?)
Is your little one terrified of automatic flushing toilets? They’re so loud! Put a sticky note over the sensor to keep it from turning on during potty time.
To help kids remember all the steps associated with potty training (including washing after), post a visual above the toilet.
Have a designated potty station for your tot. Moving the potty from room to room can be confusing for some kids, so choose a place together that’s appealing and practical, and put some fun books, toilet paper, clean underwear, etc. near the potty.
Turn the potty (or toilet) water blue. When your kiddo pees, the water will turn orange or green, so that can be a fun little game.
Potty training is one of those things that no parent looks forward to, but it’s something that has to be done. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be a painful ordeal. Ultimately, if you make it fun and exciting, your child will be more motivated to do it.
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