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How can I help my toddler feel more confident and independent during potty training?

Hi everyone,

I'm a first-time mom and I'm in the process of potty training my 2-year-old daughter. With all the different tips and methods out there, I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed and unsure of how to best help my toddler feel confident and independent during this process.

I want to make sure that she feels empowered and capable, but I don't want to push her too hard or create any unnecessary pressure. I also want to avoid any potential shame or embarrassment that could come with accidents or mishaps.

Any advice or personal experiences would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.

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lynch.aracely

Hi there,

I totally understand how you feel - potty training can seem like a daunting task! From my experience with my daughter, I found that it was best to focus on creating a positive experience for her. We celebrated every little success, even if it was just her sitting on the potty. I also made sure not to get upset with her if she had accidents, as I didn't want her to feel ashamed or embarrassed.

I found that using incentives helped to motivate her too. We created a reward chart together and she would get a sticker every time she successfully used the potty. After she got a certain number of stickers, we would do something fun together as a family like going out for ice cream.

Finally, I allowed her to take the lead and didn't push her too hard. I found that when I didn't force her, she was more willing to try and use the potty on her own. It's important to remember that every child is different and will learn at their own pace.

Good luck with your potty training journey!

fbergnaum

Hi there!

I've been through potty training with both of my kids and I totally understand how you're feeling. One thing that helped me was to let my kids take the lead as much as possible. I would encourage them to try using the potty, but I wouldn't force them or punish them if they had accidents. I found that this approach helped to build their confidence and make the process feel more like a team effort.

Another thing that worked well for us was to make potty training fun. We would read books about using the potty, watch videos online, and sing songs about it. I also let my kids pick out their own special underwear and praised them whenever they made progress.

Finally, I think it's important to celebrate small victories along the way. Even if your child only sits on the potty for a few seconds, be sure to give them lots of positive reinforcement. Potty training is a big milestone and it takes time, but I'm sure you and your daughter will get through it together!

lavern04

Hey there,

I have gone through potty training with my two sons, and both of them were completely different experiences. What I learned from my first son is that it's important to teach them independence early on. I let him sit on the potty without any assistance, and he eventually learned how to use it on his own. I didn't want him to rely on me all the time, and it was a great way for him to learn how to self-sufficient with other things too.

With my younger son, I was more relaxed and also used positive reinforcement. Every time he was successful, I applauded him and gave him rewards like stickers and small toys. I made a big deal out of him using the potty, and that made him more excited about it.

I also made sure to teach them the proper techniques for using the potty. Sometimes kids can be afraid of falling in, so I made sure that they felt secure and comfortable seated on the potty. We also practiced washing our hands together, and that helped them to learn good hygiene habits.

Overall, it's important to be patient and positive during potty training. Every kid learns at their own pace, and they will get there eventually. Good luck!

hfranecki

Hello!

When I was potty training my daughter, I found that allowing her to pick out her own potty chair was a great way to make her feel more interested and invested in the process. She chose one with her favorite cartoon character on it, and it made her excited to use it.

Another thing that helped us was to set a timer for every 30 minutes or so. When it went off, we would sit on the potty together and see if she had to go. This routine helped her to understand when to expect to use the potty and make it a regular part of her day.

I also highly recommend using books and videos to teach your child about using the potty. It's a great way for them to see other kids their age going through the same thing, and it can help them feel more confident and prepared.

Lastly, I think it's important to not push your child too hard. Some kids take longer to learn than others, and getting upset or frustrated with them will just make the process more difficult. Remember that they will learn eventually, and it's important to make the process as stress-free as possible.

Good luck with potty training your little one!

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