5 Tips to Potty Training Success

By Cecelia Borden
Assistant Manager
SFH of Oxford, AL
First Published: May 23, 2011

Teaching your child to use the potty doesn’t need to be hard work. But it does require significant preparation for both the child and the parent.

Maybe the first time he or she “goes potty” promise to have a “potty party”. Complete the party by singing of the “potty song”, light every candle in the house, and/or by having cake and ice cream!

Here are five tips to keep in mind as you are preparing for potty training.

  1. Comfortable setting
    Have the potty in a comfortable setting; you want to make sure that he or she feels warm. If this place is the same spot for time outs, chances are this will not create warm feelings of comfort.
  2. Happy affair
    Make it a special moment for them to feel happy. You can sing to them or even make up a family song for him/her to sing together. Perhaps choose their favorite nursery rhyme or be creative.
  3. 30 minutes after meals
    After your child finishes a meal you can prepare them for light exercise and prepare for potty. Have the potty times 30-45 minutes after meals. If you get into the routine of taking them to potty area right after a meal you can teach the child that this is the routine and they will know what to expect. It’s important to time these moments or you might miss a golden opportunity and find him or her quite in a corner smiling!

  4. Positive Energy
    Let them see you preparing for the potty in a positive light. Make potty training a routine so they feel you have emotional and physical energy to do it. Even if your child shows signs of potty training readiness, you may not be ready for it as a parent.

  5. Be consistent
    After trial and error you will find a system that works, but you must be consistent in using executing the training system. Make sure all of your child’s caregivers β€” including baby sitters, child care providers and grandparents β€” follow your potty-training routine.

What is the secret to success? Patience β€” perhaps more patience than you ever imagined.