I don’t think I’ve struggled with potty training my toddler as much as other parents, maybe it’s because I’m more patient or something, I honestly don’t know. But since potty training Darrel, my 3 year old son, was fairly easy and a lot of my friends who are alos mothers where amazed at how I did it I thought that maybe this would make a pretty good subject to right a blog post on.
First of all these aren’t some rules that will guarantee success, this is just how I did it and it worked very well for me, that does not mean it will work just the same for you, but I believe that after reading this post you’ll be more likely to succeed in potty training your child.
Before I get into the meat of this post, I just want to say that I managed to toilet train my son in 3 days. Now if you’re asking how to potty training a boy in 3 days, well there’s no straight answer to that question, but what I can say that really helped a lot is that I had everything planned out. The supplies, the routines, activities, I mean really everything was planned in advance.
What I started with was deciding on a potty seat or a potty chair. I took Darrel shopping with me and we ended up buying a lot of things, most we didn’t use but it’s good to have them there just in case.
Anyway, back to the potty. I wanted a potty chair because it’s easy to take with you in the car when traveling but since Darrel was the boss we ended up going with a potty seat, you know those you put over the toilet seat to make the opening smaller. The problem was he wanted to pee standing up as his father so we also bought a potty training urinal for boys which looks nice and you can hang it on the wall in the bathroom to fit your child’s height.
From day 1 of potty training we got rid of diapers so I was a little worried if any accidents will happen. But on the shopping trip we also got some big kid underwear with superheroes and other cool designs which boys like so Darrel was very serious about not wetting himself just to keep his new underwear clean. I heard this from one of my friends but I had no idea it was such a powerful motivator.
If you’re thinking that it will be hard to convince your child to sit on the potty or to not pee in his pants, don’t. Your child just wants to make you happy, for the most part. It’s all about rewarding him and keeping a fun teaching environment. Remember that accidents are part of the learning process and you cannot avoid them no matter what.
Be positive. Ignore the failures and reward the successes.
The most effective reward that worked for my son was those stickers that you’re supposed to stick on reward charts, but what we ended up doing was I would stick them on his shirt and they looked just like a military general’s decorations. Boys really like that kind of stuff and it was the best thing ever to see Darrel showing off his medals to other family members and especially his dad.
Like I said he’s now 3 years old, and some people said that I should have started potty training months ago but I didn’t pay too much attention to that. I don’t think there’s a perfect time when to start potty training boys, you just have to keep an eye out for when your child starts to show signs that he or she is ready to begin toilet training. There are particular signals you should watch out for.
Well, I guess that about sums it up. I know this information is somewhat obvious to most parents but again this is exactly what worked for me and I just wanted to share it with you here on my blog. There’s probably going to be more blog posts on potty training and parenting in general so if you want you can subscribe to my rss feed or my email newsletter.