How to Potty Train a Toddler In Just One Week: Kids reach the potty training stage at different ages, and when your little one has reached this time you’ll be able to recognize they are ready from a few simple signs. The key to successful potty training is to be consistent. This is especially important if you want to teach them in just a week. So follow these easy potty training methods and in no time you’ll be able to banish the diapers for good!
When is the best time to start potty training?
Recognizing when your toddler is ready to potty train is the first step in successful potty training. When your child begins to hide when they fill their diaper, this shows that they are becoming aware of when they need to go. Another sign to look out for is when your child starts to take off their nappy after it becomes dirty. This is another clear sign that your child feels uncomfortable in a diaper and is ready to start potty training and wearing under garments.
Choosing the Right Time
Undertake the task of potty training in a week where you have very little else to do. It takes time and dedication to potty train your child, and you need to stay within the vicinity of your home to deal with the inevitable clean up, multiple clothes changes, and having easy access to a bathroom.
Teach by Example
When you have small children, you get very little privacy, so this is something you are likely doing already. In the months leading up to potty training let your little one watch you use the bathroom, so they understand what the toilet is used for and how it all happens. Younger siblings usually have an easy time when potty training because they can watch their brother or sister.
One technique to employ is to let your toddler roam around the house without a diaper on. By leaving their bottom half naked, you will be able to see when they go to the bathroom, which after a few accidents will prompt your toddler to let you know that they need to use the potty. Another reason why this works is that as soon as they start to give you signals that they need to use the potty, or that they have started (!) you can quickly whip the potty out and save cleaning up.
Pick a Potty
Take your child to the store to choose the potty they want to use. These days you can even get potty’s that look like little toilets, or even ones that make noises and play little songs when they are used. These are all great at encouraging your child to use them when they need to go.
Praise the Potty!
Make sure you give your child lots of praise throughout the potty-training process. Tell them how proud you are of them for using it and make a big fuss about how they are growing up into a big boy/girl. Whenever they use it, even if its just for a small amount of time, heap on the praise to let them know you are happy with any progress they are making. Take it one step further by announcing to other family members how well they used the potty that day.
A sticker chart is a great way to get your little one motivated to use their potty. Have them choose and place their reward sticker on a home-made chart that you make together. You can also give them a small treat from time to time, but don’t give them too many sweets as they will expect them every time.
If you find your child often has accidents, make a note of the time, place and reason it happened. You’ll soon be able to recognize a pattern which will help you avoid accidents in the future and prepare when and where to have the potty on hand.
Consistent Potty Training Schedule
The main thing to remember when potty training is to be consistent. You have to maintain a potty training schedule! No matter how exhausted you might be to keep running back and forth to the bathroom and chasing your kids around with a potty in your hands, just remember this is just a short phase that will soon be over if you keep at it.
Stay alert for signals that your child needs the toilet, remain aware of the key times your child will likely need to use the potty, and always have them under your watchful eye so you can get them to the potty before any accidents occur. Before you know it, your little one will have progressed to telling you when they want to go and will soon start wearing underpants.