Although there is no set age to begin toilet train, many little girls show their readiness at one year of age. Also there are many key signs to let you know she may be ready for the plunge. Such as pull at her diaper and repeat words such as “pee-pee” or “poo-poo” Only you and your daughter can decide when it is time, so when the time comes here are some tips to keep in mind.
Buying the right potty
This is something that is totally up to how your daughter feels about potties. If she is intimated by the big potty, get her a child-sized potty that way she can feel more secure. If she loves to be near the big potty and being held over it then get her an adapter for the big potty. Make sure it is comfy and secure. I prefer the child-sized potty that can be taken apart and made into an adapter and a stool. Either way you win.
Many toddlers learn by doing as adults do. So it is only natural that you would let her go into the bathroom with you. She will enjoy the quality time alone with you, and you can then show her how to wipe properly. While I am home with the kids I leave the bathroom door open so she can come and go as she pleases. It also will keep her from feeling like she is doing something embarrassing.
Letting your little girl run around with no diaper from time to time will make getting to the potty a lot faster. Place her potty in the living room or where ever she spends the most time and watch her for signs of needing to go potty. This varies from child to child, but lots do the bouncing or grabbing when they need to go potty. Then you place them on the potty at regular intervals, I did every 20 minutes. She will catch on quickly.
She will love going out and picking out her first pair of new underwear. My daughter picked out a pack with her favorite TV character Dora the Explorer on them. We then explained that we don’t want to get the Dora panties wet. The ones we picked out have a little extra lining in them, they are called training underwear. They have extra lining in the crotch and butt to keep accidents from going all over the floor, but not absorbent like diapers. So they feel the wetness more. This might make potty training easier.
Keep it interesting
She will get bored if all you do is put her on the potty and expect her to sit still. Try putting new books near the potty for every time she sits down. Or have stickers and a progress chart. One common way to keep your daughter interested is to have little prizes, such as 2 M&M’s when she goes poo-poo, and 1 if she pee-pees.
It’s not just going to happen over night, and if you get frustrated, your daughter will know and she herself will get upset. Take small steps towards potty training every day, yes you are going to have to clean up some messes. This is just the reality of potty training
Nightime potty training
Once you have mastered the daytime potty training, then it is time to work on night time. A good idea is to restrict her drinking after 5 pm (or 3-4 hours before she goes to bed) and getting her in to use the potty right before bed and right after she wakes up. You can try and let her wear her panties over night, just lay down a few more blankets so as to reduce too much mess. If she can go 3 nights with no problems, make it officially a diaper free house.
Potty training is not always going to be easy, some days she will be spot on and others not so much. Just take it one day at a time, and if you or her needs a break stop for a day or two just to breathe. Eventually she will get it.