It is often recommended and even required to have your toddler potty trained prior to enlisting them in preschool. This will enable them to have a better experience and will optimize their time in preschool. At Corner Canyon Academy, we are passionate about helping your child to have the best preschool experience. Here are a couple potty training tips to help you get your child on the path to preschool.
Put the Potty in the Bathroom Early
It is useful to put the training potty in the bathroom a decent amount of time before you intend to start potty training. This will help your toddler to become familiar with it before you start trying to potty train them. By familiarizing them with it beforehand, it will be less of a scary experience for your toddler.
Get on a Schedule
Consistency is essential when you start the potty training process. When you get on a schedule and start a regular routine for your child, they will quickly learn what to expect, as well as what you want them to do. When you start a schedule, you will usually be able to optimize the potty training process.
Use a Sticker Chart
A sticker chart can go a long way toward motivating your children throughout your potty training process. This helps them to visualize their progress, as well as when they will get a reward. A reward system helps to keep them motivated. It is important to carefully consider your reward system to ensure it is sustainable. You don’t have to invest a great deal of money in the reward system. It can be beneficial to consider milestones that will have larger rewards, such as a week without an accident. Other rewards can include extra play time or a trip to the park.
Use Lots of Praise
Using lots of praise often helps you to improve your potty training process. Positive reinforcement tends to be a much better motivator than negative reinforcement when you are potty training. In fact, punishing your child for accidents can be detrimental to the potty training process. They will start to associate using the potty with a negative connotation, which can make them more resistant. Praise and rewards are usually the best approach to effective potty training.
Buy Big Kid Underwear
Purchasing big kid underwear gives your child an incentive to get excited about their potty training. Let them choose out their new underwear and tell them that they can wear it once they are able to use the potty.
Potty training isn’t a process that will be completed in a day. It is important to ensure that you stay patient throughout the potty training process to prevent getting frustrated. It is also important to remember that children will learn at a different timeline, so one child may take longer to potty train than another.
Hopefully these tips will help you to simplify your potty training process! Remember to be patient and understand that this process will likely take time. In addition, every child will have a different process. You can’t expect one child to be ready to potty train at exactly the same time as another child. Contact us at Corner Canyon Academy for more information about the ways that you can optimize your child’s experience and growth.