Toilet training your toddler can be difficult. Some children have no problem adjusting to the potty, but others suffer accidents here and there. The most important thing to remember if an accident happens is to stay calm. Yelling or berating the small child will only result in a regression.
At the point where your son or daughter is starting to potty train, they are able to feel embarrassment, so chances are, if they do have an accident, they’re going to feel bad enough without any extra from the parent. Try to comfort them and reassure them that it is ok. Let them know you’re not mad and they aren’t in any trouble.
The way to conquer toilet training, if accidents are frequent, is to pinpoint exactly what is causing your child to have the accidents. Maybe your child wets themselves when they are stressed or tired. Maybe they got excited about something and just couldn’t hold it or maybe you, the parent, is putting too much pressure on them. Whatever it is, find the cause, and put a stop to it. Accidents may also occur due to the fact that you are starting potty training too early. Some children are ready at two years old, but for others it may be two and a half or older.
To get started, place a colorful, friendly-looking potty chair in your bathroom and encourage your toddler to sit on it. You may want to empty the contents of a used diaper in the potty seat to give them a demonstration of what the chair is used for. Once they have gotten comfortable with sitting on the chair praise them and tell them what a big girl or boy they are. Children generally react well when given praise because it gives them a sense of accomplishment. Try to schedule potty breaks four or five times a day. Have them sit on the toilet, even if they don’t have to go, and this will get them used to the idea.
If you notice that your toddler is squirming or holding themselves you must rush them to the bathroom because these are warning signs that they need to go. Offer praise, even if they didn’t make it, and if they did go, allow them to flush the toilet. Another important reminder, don’t forget to promote good bathroom hygiene, like washing their hands when they have finished, and if you have a little girl ensure that you are teaching her to wipe the right way, from front to back.
After you have seen that your toddler has gone two or three weeks without an accident, it is time to trade the diapers for “big kid underwear” or training pants. This is a big day for you little one, so celebrate it. Take them out somewhere special and invite a few friends and family members. Also make sure, when first making the switch, that you keep you child in simple pants or shorts. Try to avoid anything that may take time to get off, like overalls.
The two most important aspects to remember is to stay consistent and always offer praise. Accidents may happen, but if you handle the situation the right way, it may not slow the potty-training process.