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A few weeks ago JDub turned 2 and now there are some big things happening at our house. He vocabulary has exploded overnight and he has a lot to say. He’s interested in vegetables once again. Last but not least he is fascinated with the toilet! Since he’s already interested in all things related to the toilet we figured this was a great time to attempt potty training, so we picked up a potty and let him choose his Pull-Ups® Learning Designs®. I am in no way an expert on this subject as this is my first experience. I’ve gather thoughts and sentiments and words of wisdom from all of the best moms I know and here is what I have. The best tips for potty training boys.
Know when your child is ready: Potty training can take 1 day if it is the right day. Look for clues that your child is ready and move forward.
Make a special time with no distractions: Chose a time when you can spend several days at home with limited time in the car. Being close to and comfortable in their surroundings will help your child keep their focus.
Be Patient: Rome was built in a day. This may take awhile and your child can pick up on your anxiety. So take a deep breathe and know this will happen with time.
HYDRATE!: Encourage lots of liquids so that they will have the urge to use the potty frequently. This will help them recognize the feeling of needing to use the potty.
Timer: Some moms like to set a timer, every hour it goes off and the child is directed to try and use the potty. Let them help you pick out your “potty timer” if you don’t have one already.
Pull-Ups®: I’m not ready to move completely out of the protect zone so we choose Pull-Ups® Learning Designs® Pixar’s Cars Lightning McQueen to help us make the transition. JDub is in LOVE and constantly wants to wear “cars”. They are super soft and look comfortable. With the added stretch on the sides, little ones can pull them off and on easily. To help you know when they are wet, character art work will appear. How great are these! Not to mention available at a great price and easy to find at Wal-Mart where we get lots of baby gear.
Show Them How: I can’t think of the last time I went to the bathroom alone, I mean really it would be nice to have a solo moment. The reality is that kids learn through watching, so letting them be in the restroom with you shows them how to use the potty and wash their hands afterwards.
Targets: Boy’s love games, my guy is like a little squirrel. He is ALL over the place and very busy so stopping to go to the potty is a little bit of a struggle. Make it fun by incorporating a game to encourage them! Place cheerios in the potty to help them aim.
Potty Chart: Since we are so excited by cars and trucks right now, I made a step by step chart for JDub to use as we accomplish each step in the potty process. He picked out some great stickers while we were shopping and he is ready to put them on his chart each time he goes potty.
Sing-a-long: Pass the time while they are sitting on the potty by singing songs together, maybe even make up a song about the potty. They can help and you never know what they will come up with.
Help clean up accidents: Since we know this can potentially happen, allow them to assist you in cleaning u[. They can hand you a towel, or hold something for you. This helps them to recognize why we use the potty.
Rewards: Allow your child to choose a favorite treat that can be a reward when they successfully use the potty.