8 Ways to Make Potty Training Fun

8 Methods for fun potty training

Most children learn best when they enjoy the process. Young children such as toddlers are at an age where they look upon everything with rose-tinted glasses and a sense of awe. Everything is wonderful and new. Their spirit yearns for happiness and play. Unlike many adults who have “soured” over the years due to failures and disappointments, children like being happy. In order to potty train your child successfully, you’ll need to make the entire learning experience fun and rewarding.

We will discuss 8 different methods that you can use to encourage your child to use the potty and comply with your instructions. You’ll face less resistance and your child will be much more eager to sit on the potty chair.

1. Use the blue and yellow make green method.

Show your child that by adding a few drops of blue coloring in the toilet water, it will turn blue. When they pee in the water it will turn green. This will work for many children and encourage them to use the toilet bowl.

2. Get them a musical potty chair.

The music will be fun to them and they’ll look forward to using the potty. for some children.( Mine would just continue to play with this potty and not use it for the serious work of actually using it.)

3. Practice toilet target practice with your boys.

Place a few small cereals in the toilet water and encourage your son to take aim at the cereal.

 

 

4. Don’t worry. There are potty training dolls for girls to help them.

These dolls are anatomically correct and by feeding the doll water, it will pee too. This will build association in your child’s mind and help her to understand the process.

5. Get your child a potty training watch.

These watches have reminders and the watch will vibrate at 30 minute intervals. This will remind the child to go to the potty and pee if they need to. It’s the constant repetition that makes this method so effective.

6. As mentioned in previous posts, use books, videos and DVDs

These tools are specifically created to help with the potty training process to educate your child and make them understand what is going on. Many kids are hesitant to be potty trained because they fear what they do not understand.

Children are naturally attracted to these colorful objects and they will be motivated to use the potty if they are rewarded with a sticker each time they get it right. Over time, decrease the frequency of rewards and give them a small gift if they stay dry and clean for 3 days in a row.

Make sure that your child is the one who chooses the pants and not you.

 

All these methods can be used interchangeably to keep things interesting and fun. Despite all these unique methods, there may be times when your child accidentally messes up and makes a mistake. Take this in your stride and don’t blow it out of proportion.

They will get it!

Gently remind them of the toilet and let it go at that. They will realize that they need to hit the potty every time they feel an urge to pee or poop. Once the realization hits them, they will do it on their own accord and you can breathe a huge sigh of relief.

P.S. What methods do you use to make potty training more fun for your child?

P.P.S. Do you think musical potty chairs are good or distracting?

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Til next time,

Happy potty training!

 

 

 

Potty Training Your Baby-Keeping It Clean

Potty training is one of those important mile stones for your child. You have many questions in your mind. Is he ready? Which potty to use? What type of training pants to use? should you use pull-ups? Is using positive incentives a way to go or negative reinforcement? With all these questions floating around in your brain, you also have the issue of “keeping it clean” while you are conducting potty training with your child.

Keeping it clean

Keeping your home environment clean is important for your child as well as others in your household.  Giving up diapers is healthy for your child as well as helping with keeping your home more tidy and holding germs at bay with taking away one of the germs’ growing environment—the dirty diaper.

Given that your child is ready for potty training, one has to strategically plan the potty training area in the bathroom. Place the potty training seat, training pants, wipes and tissues in the bathroom, too. If there is more than one bathroom, place the necessary materials and another potty training seat in all bathrooms. Here are some steps to help with  “keeping it clean.”

Steps to Take

 1. Purchase a potty chair that is made of solid hard surface

These are is easy to wipe off and keep clean. Potty seats that adapt or fit into the adult toilet seat are easy to take up and wipe down with a non-toxic cleanser that also kills germs. check in your grocery store for baby cleansing products that are nontoxic.

  

You can also use vinegar to wipe off your potty seat. You don’t have to empty urine or feces and clean out the potty container if you let your child go right into the toilet when you use the adapter type potty seat that fits into the adult toilet. If you opt to use the potty seat with the receptacle to catch the urine and feces, you will have to cleanse it well right after each use, especially after a bowel movement. If you use a potty chair, remember to clean the whole potty chair along with the receptacle itself.

You can also use liners

Some parents opt to use potty chair liners. These are usually plastic and are thrown away after a couple of uses with the absorbent pads for urine. If your child has a bowel movement, the potty liner’s contents can be emptied into the toilet and then dispose the plastic liner.

Liners are usually removed and placed in the trash much like when you empty your trash can’s liner by pulling the drawstring and then disposing of the bag and all. Although many will see this as a neater way to handle the cleaning up after the elimination issue, it does not show your child how to clean up after himself or help the environment by adding more soiled plastics to the landfills which you are trying to lessen by getting him potty trained and save on buying diapers disposable and cloth. Buying potty liners is lessening your savings by putting in an expense which is really not necessary.

2. Clean all potty training materials in the bathroom sink or tub

Do not clean in  the kitchen sink where food is prepared. Remember to clean the sink and tub used to clean potty training materials with a non toxic cleanser.

3. Wash your hands thoroughly

 Make sure your child does too after each toilet visit.

4. If you use cloth training pants, make sure to wash them right away

Empty the feces into the toilet and rinse the training pants and place in the washer on hot water setting and wash with a hydrogen peroxide type bleach which kills mold and mildew, sanitizes.

If you use a disposable training pant such as “pull-ups,” roll them and place them in a small bag. If there is fecal material, make sure to empty it into the toilet before placing the soiled disposable in the bag and then putting into the trash.

5. While your child learns to stay dry at night, it’s a good idea to keep a plastic sheet on the bed in case of bed-wetting.

Potty training your child takes time, patience and letting him see you as a role model. If he sees you “keeping it clean” by washing your hands, keeping the bathroom area clean, disposing of soiled potty
training materials in a responsible manner, washing soiled clothes and using good hygiene, he will model you and participate in keeping it clean while potty training and grow up learning good hygiene, too.
P.S. What do you do to maintain a clean environment while potty training?  Let us know in the comments.
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