5 Simple Tricks To Get Your Toddler Out Of Diapers
Are you ready to start potty training your toddler? Save time & headaches with these easy tips!
Did you know that on average, a child goes through 5,000-8,000 diaper changes before they are potty trained? That's equivalent to spending roughly $60-80 on diapers each month!
Saying goodbye to diaper changes is a pretty good incentive to potty train! But how? Here are some of the BEST potty training tricks & secrets that work!
1. Wait Until They Are Ready
This is one of the hardest things for parents to understand. Yes, it would be amazing to potty train your child so you can ditch the dirty diapers ASAP! But be patient... your toddler will let you know when they're ready.
2. Ditch The Potty Seat
Unless you want to bring a potty seat with you everywhere, train your toddler to use the potty without one. This will save you a lot of headaches down the road.
3. Skip The Training Pants
Get your toddler used to wearing underwear from the start. Training pants (better known as "Pull-Ups") may seem to be a good way to transition from diapers. But because they're similar to diapers, children tend to rely on the waterproof lining to save them from accidents. This could prolong the potty training process.
4. Show Them How It's Done
Kids like to mimic what you do and watching you use the toilet helps them get used to the whole process. Explain to them how you know when it's time to go to the bathroom and what is going on as you're using the toilet. Then show your child how you clean up and flush the toilet. This helps them feel more comfortable with the potty and all the noises that come with it. Just don't forget to wash your hands so they'll remember this important habit!
5. Set Up A Routine
Put your child on the potty whenever a bowel movement is likely to happen... it could be after breakfast, before a nap, before a bath, before bedtime, etc. This will get them used to the potty and accept it as part of their daily routine.
Tips to help you prepare for potty training:
- Let your child pick out their first pack of underwear. This helps keep it exciting and they'll be more willing to wear it later.
- When at home, let them try on the underwear, but on one condition... they have to try to use the potty first.
- Accidents happen, so it may be easier to leave their pants off for the day, just make sure you can stay home ALL DAY (probably better to do during the weekend).
- Keep paper towels & baby wipes nearby for messes that toilet paper won't be able to handle. It will save your nice towels from getting ruined.
- If they make a huge mess, be prepared to run a bath during the day... MUCH easier than using half a roll of paper towels or a pack of baby wipes!
- To protect your child's mattress from nighttime accidents, a good waterproof mattress pad is a MUST. It's a lot easier to throw this in the laundry than spending hours just trying to clean the actual mattress.
- You should have at least 2 mattress pads so you'll always have a clean spare on hand if you need to change and wash the first one.
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