It is time to start potty training your toddler. Where do you start? Children are often scared of the toilet. It’s big, cold, loud, and scary. Many kids are afraid of falling in or being flushed. The first step is finding the best potties for your child.
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Potty Training with Potties
There are two basic types of potties, the stand-alone and the toilet adapters. There are benefits of both and you may want to have one of each.
1) Stand-Alone Potties
The basic benefit to having stand-alone potties is that they are portable. You can move them between any room in the house, and you can take it with you when you go to grandma’s or even on a camping trip. Stand-alone potties are great for the early stages of potty training.
Toilet adapter potties fit easily onto any standard toilet. It makes the transition from potty training to the big toilet easier. It also makes removing waste easy as it is just a flush away, instead of removing and cleaning stand-alone potties.
Some potties are 2-in-one offering you both types of potties in one unit.
Experts advise to have several potties for effective potty training. Potty training is easier when you have stand-alone potties or toilet adapter potties in every bathroom and main living areas of your home. When your child express an interest to go to the potty, you don’t want to have to search for it!
You can find a great selection of potties online, including favorites like Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Disney Princess, Disney Monsters and more. Let your child help pick out potties to give them ownership. Pick the color or style that they like.
If your child is between 12-18 months old, this is the perfect time to introduce potties to your toddler. Start by introducing the potties to your child. Let him sit, fully clothed on the seat when he is likely to need to go. In the morning, after meals, or at bedtime is a good start. Start slow and only when it interest your child. Do not force it.
How to Potty Train with Potties
Once your child is use to their potties, have him start sitting bare-bottomed. This will allow him to get use how the potties feel. Use this time to read books with your child. Make this a comfortable, non-stressful time for your child.
Give your child encouragement to try to go potty. If you notice signs that your child is going in his diaper, encourage him to try going on one of the potties in your home.
When you child finally starts to go on the potties, encourage them and praise them. Positive reinforcement goes a long way in potty training! Never yell at your child for accidents or failed attempts on the potty.
Once your child continually goes on the potties, you may find yourself transitioning only to the adapter potties in your bathrooms while phasing out the stand-alone potties. This is when having 2-in-1 potties are great! Most children will continue using the adapter potties for at least the first year or two after being potty trained.
Try not to stress and enjoy this time of learning with your child. If you have medical concerns or are not sure if your child is ready for potty training, consult your child’s pediatrician.