As Hazel gets older I think more and more about the different milestones each age brings. There's crawling, walking, talking, and then soon there after all these we reach potty training. It seems to be the bane of all the milestones and I hear it can be either really difficult or really easy, all depending on how your little one responds. So to prepare myself (and you as well) for the coming months -because you can never really be too early to start- I've come up with a list of things that will help make this milestone more user friendly.
Mentally Prepare Yourself and Your Toddler: Tell yourself that it's going to take a long time, think positive, but expect the worst. Read books about potty training or using the bathroom to your child, this should help get them excited about potty training. This can also let you know if your toddler is even ready for potty training, if they don't seem interested keep trying -it will happen sooner or later.
Flushable Wipes: Changing one thing about going to the bathroom is scary enough -imagine switching from something soft -wipes- to something dry and rough -toilet paper. Make sure your toddler is comfortable and has something that is familiar like these Cottonelle FreshCare Flushable Cleansing Cloths. They are so soft and a great familiarity for your toddler to know that there is some kind of constant.
It's All About Timing: Have a timer on hand and set it for every couple minutes. When the timer goes off remind your toddler that it's time to use the restroom. This will also help you not forget that you're potty training -moms are so busy it's just another helpful tool to assist.
To Go Bag: Although it's recommended that you stay home while you're potty training, it's not always possible. So, for those moments where you're on the go make sure you have a to-go bag. Pack some Cottonelle FreshCare Flushable Cleansing Cloths, and a change of clothes -in case there's an accident. These flushable wipes are great for traveling with so you con even just put them in your purse or -if you have younger children- keep them in your diaper bag.
What's The Prize: Most kids act well to bribery, when your toddler successfully uses the restroom you can do a few things... Give them a sticker, make a sticker chart where they can earn a prize once they get x amount of stickers. Or just give them their favorite candy.
Pile on The Praise: Praise, praise, praise. For when they are successful, but even if they don't go still let them know that they are doing such a good job. Positive reinforcement is always important and really helps your toddler know that you approve.
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Sponsored Post: This post is sponsored by Cottonelle but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.