Potty training is one of those exciting developmental milestones for you and your baby. It signifies the end of the diaper era and the beginning of your baby’s maturity. However, potty training isn’t as easy as you would expect it to be.
It is overwhelming, frustrating, and quite frankly exhausting but can also be fun and exciting. This is all dependent on how you choose to potty train your child.
Unfortunately, there is no verified step by step guide to help you with potty training, since every kid is different. If you are having trouble getting your child to sit on their potty, here are 10 tricks that daycare teachers use!
10. Provision Of Necessary Support
What kind of support does your child need when being potty trained? Do they need a footstool to get to the toilet bowl? Do they simply need a hug?
Daycare teachers provide your baby with all the support they need as they are being potty trained. Their aim is to make the whole process as comfortable as possible for your child so that they don’t experience any difficulty.
Find out if your child needs any support when using the potty and then offer it to them. Sometimes it could be that your child needs you to hold their hand as they use the potty.
Consistency is key when it comes to potty training, and daycare teachers ensure that they stick to the same routine.
Don’t potty train your child if you are making a major move, are going through some tough times, or expect to travel long distances soon. Timing is everything, and you have to pick a time when you are certain you won’t have to halt the training.
The thing is, pausing your child’s potty training midway will result in a regression of their progress. There is also a high chance that you might have to start over when you resume.
Maybe you have been training your child for a while now, but you have made little progress. You are feeling frustrated, but what you may not know is that your baby is feeling the same way too. They are sad that they are disappointing you, and your frustration only makes it worse for them.
This is why daycare teachers use encouragement as a potty training strategy. They will encourage your baby no matter how long they take to use the potty. Daycare teachers understand that while you may be having it rough, your baby is feeling worse.
7. They Watch Out For Potty Training Readiness
Sometimes, the simplest answer to your potty training failure is that your child isn’t ready.
The first thing daycare teachers lookout for is potty training readiness in your child. Some of the things they look out for are; long dry periods, interest in using the toilet, ability to communicate, and consistent bowel schedule.
If your child soils their diaper every five minutes, then potty training would be impractical. Other things they look out for are your child’s ability to take off and pull up their pants independently and their reaction when they soil their diaper.
6. They Avoid Using A One-Size-Fits-All Approach
Every child is unique in their own way, and the daycare teacher avoids using a one-size-fits-all approach.
Yes, a certain strategy may have worked on most children, but if it doesn’t work on your child, they will try other methods until they find one that fits. Maybe your child prefers a certain potty; maybe they are afraid of using the potty in front of people. It could even be that they aren’t ready to be potty trained yet.
Whatever the scenario, daycare teachers will try and find out what your baby prefers and then stick to it.
5. They Don’t Bribe Your Child
You have been potty training for one week now, and you are nowhere close to making a breakthrough. Your baby won’t even get close to their potty, and you are running out of options, so you decide to bribe them, and it works, but only for a while. Now your child will only use the potty if they are getting rewarded.
Daycare teachers know not to bribe a child during potty training. They know this will only lead to short-term success, so they focus on long-term strategies. They only offer rewards, and even then, it has to be something reasonable like a piece of candy.
4. They Make Potty Training Fun
If you make potty training look like a chore, then your baby will have the same reaction people have when it comes to chores. Baby’s enjoy fun activities and will engage in something as long as it looks enjoyable.
Daycare teachers have a way of making potty training fun. In fact, they make it seem as though your child initiated the training. They could make a game out of it, demonstrate using dolls or even use storytelling and made-up songs.
Whichever method they use, you can bet that your child will enjoy being potty trained.
3. Heaps Of Praise
If you praise your child for doing something right, there is a high chance that they repeat their action just to be praised again. Daycare teachers know this all too well.
No matter how small the achievement, a daycare teacher will celebrate it as though it’s a huge milestone. If your child couldn’t sit on their potty yesterday, but today they did, they will receive praise. It won’t matter that they didn’t use it but that they were brave enough to sit on it today.
Learn to celebrate your baby’s small wins when it comes to potty training, and this will fast track their progress.
2. Tackling Your Baby’s Fears
There is a high chance that your child isn’t averse to using a potty, but is afraid.
If a daycare teacher notices a baby is reluctant to use the potty, they tried to understand why before offering a solution. Are they afraid the potty will swallow them? Are they scared, they will fall inside the potty? Try to find out why your baby won’t use their potty and then tackle their fears.
Understand that this is a strange object to them, and you need to dispel all your baby’s fears before making them use the potty.
Daycare teachers practice patience as a virtue, and it is no surprise that they’re successful with potty training.
You need to understand that this is a new and strange experience for your child, and they will need time to get used to it. Don’t be in a rush to get your child to use the potty. Do not yell at them if accidents happen or if they refuse to use the potty. Most importantly, do not rush them.
It may take some time for your baby to become comfortable on their new device, and being impatient will only make them shy off more.