10 Potty Training Tips: How and When to Potty Train Your Child

6. Accidents happen

Accidents are bound to happen while training. The way you react to these can either make or break the process. Let your child know that it is okay, and that they will do better next time, rather than scolding them or making them pick up after themselves. Staying positive and calm will work better, and ensure that your child will not dread using the potty.

7. Stop using diapers

After some time, you may notice that you no longer have to use diapers, especially during the day. Go shopping for underwear or training pants with the child to make them feel as though they are part of the process. When they start putting on underwear, make sure that they are appropriately dressed to use the potty freely when they need to.

8. But it’s OK to go back to diapers for a while

If you have been trying for a while without the desired results, you may need to go back to diapers and nappies. This can be quite frustrating, but at the end of it, it may be what is best for the child, and you have to remember that it is only temporary. The decision should not make your child feel bad, but should be explained as a transition before you give the training process another chance.

9. Supervise potty visits

You and other caregivers should supervise the potty visits even after the child has become a pro. Kids still needs help wiping especially after bowel movements until they are about four or five years of age. Extra support might also be necessary when the child is using toilets they are not familiar with.

10. Talk to your doctor if you sense a deeper problem

There are times when unsuccessful potty training may be beyond the power of the parent and the child, and you may need to consult a doctor. For instance, if the little one has been dry, and all of a sudden started wetting themselves it may not be their fault, as it could be an indication they are constipated, have a bladder infection, are suffering from type 1 diabetes, or have thread worms.