Potty Training Essentials: Seats & Stools

 

Potty Training Tips for Every Parent

Potty training is an exciting and scary time for both toddlers and their parents. For toddlers, using the toilet is a big change, and fear of the unknown can be overwhelming. For parents, there are seemingly endless decisions to make, such as deciding when your toddler is ready, which potty training methods are best for you and your child and which potty seat is going to work best to encourage your child to make the transition from diapers to potty. Although embarking on this new adventure can be stressful, learning to use the toilet is a milestone that marks growth and should be seen as an exciting and happy time for you and your toddler.

Signs That Your Child Is Ready to Begin Potty Training

When it comes to potty training, deciding when to start is perhaps the most important decision you'll make. If you begin to train your child too early, both of you will end up frustrated, and chances are good that your efforts will be unsuccessful. There are several key signs that your child is ready to train, and by waiting for them to display even a few of these will help to make training a more pleasant time for everyone:

  • Letting you know when they have to go or have already gone in their diaper either verbally or by tugging at their wet/dirty diaper.
  • Hiding in a corner or another room.
  • Taking an interest in parents or siblings using the toilet or mimicking the behaviour.
  • Awakening in the morning or after a nap with a dry diaper or having a dry diaper for longer than normal

The Most Successful Toilet Training Methods

Every child is different, and that's why there are so many training methods. While there's no foolproof method of training that works for every child, several have proven to be the most successful.

1. Potty Scheduling

This consists of setting aside a period of several weeks to a month to focus on training. You'll spend time at home with your child and take them to sit on the potty at regularly scheduled intervals during the daytime (for example, every 15 minutes), as well as before bed and halfway through the night. You'll also encourage your child to focus on how they feel when they do go pee or poop. This approach can be time-consuming and inconvenient for busy parents, but with dedication and consistency, it's proven to be very effective.

2. Disposable Training Pants

By switching your child from diapers to disposable training pants and taking them to the toilet at regular intervals, you'll be teaching them to recognize the sensations they feel when using the toilet. For toddlers who have trouble noticing when they've had an accident, using cool-sensation trainers can help them recognize the feeling of being wet.

3. The Three-Day Method

Perhaps one of the most successful methods for many, the three-day method can be a messy one. For this method, you need to have a potty easily accessible to your child at all times. During the three days it takes to train, you allow your child to wear traditional underwear without pants and essentially, let them take the lead. Although there will be messes, by doing away with diapers, your child will notice accidents more promptly. In theory, once they realize the discomfort associated with going in their pants, they'll choose to use the potty fairly quickly.

Useful Tools for Training Your Child

No matter which training method you've chosen to teach your child to use the toilet, Walmart.ca has the tools you need to ensure your child's success. If you've decided to train using a potty seat or a potty chair from brands such as Playtex Walmart Canada has a vast selection of fun styles and colours to entice your toddler to use the potty. We carry a variety of bed-wetting alarms from Theos Medical Systems designed to reduce night-time accidents, and when your child's training is complete, our always-affordable prices on underwear for toddler girls and boys help keep them comfortable in a variety of fun prints and colours as they grow.

 

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