My son is 2 1/2 years old and he’s not quite potty trained yet. We are working on it at his own pace. And at this point, he still wears diapers but does use the toilet several times a day.
I’d love to get him out of diapers soon — definitely before he turns 3. We are switching him from standard diapers to pull-ups this week, in hopes to expedite the process.
There are several reasons why children might be anxious or uncooperative about using the potty.
First of all, it can be scary — particularly if you use the regular toilet rather than a potty chair. When your kids feet can’t touch the floor, it can be uncomfortable. If you want to use the toilet, put a stool there so you child can rest his feet.
Also, toddlers don’t like change in routine. And going from a diaper to toilet is a huge change. This is the reason that we have been taking it slow with our son — we don’t want him to have anxiety over a quick, drastic change. Some kids also don’t respond well to pressure. So we have taken a more laidback approach.
To get kids motivated, many parents use sticker charts or candy treats. Some doctors and parent experts recommend placing a packaged prize on the back of the toilet — something small that can only be opened after the child has successfully used the toilet.
What potty training tips have worked for your children? Leave a comment and let us know.