Talk to your child about what they have done as you change their nappy. As they get familiar with the terms it will make it easier to refer to each process as they use the potty.
At this stage get your potty and put it in position. For most and ideally, this will be in the bathroom, so that it can begin a natural progression to hand washing and eventually toilet training, but it will depend on the size of your bathroom.
Ask your child to try it out by sitting on it, but don’t force the issue or expect them to use it, just let them sit. Role play using the potty with toys…be fun, the more relaxed they feel, the better training will go (and yes even Hulk has to pee so don’t feel you have to use dolls!)
One of the most effective ways to train is to preempt accidents by having your child sit on the potty at regular intervals, rather than hoping to rush them onto it when they start hopping around in desperation. If you try to ‘panic potty’ at the last minute the situation becomes pressured and if they have an accident it feels like a failure.
Instead, devote sessions where you train. Spend a morning where you take your child to sit on the potty every 15 minutes. Be very casual about it and don’t pressure them to perform! If you stick at it every 15 minutes over a couple of hours, chances are they’ll catch at least one wee in there…when that happens PRAISE!
Make sure you congratulate them on using the potty and verbalize what they have done, “oh look, you’ve done a wee in the potty, well done!” Let them help with flushing it down the toilet and washing hands, they’ll love feeling so grown up.
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