Do you want the secret to potty training? The secret that will help you train your child with virtually no accidents? The secret that will train your child in a matter of days? The secret that will train your child with little-to-no effort on your part? Well, I'm willing to share....it's WAITING.
I promise, that's it. Just wait until your child's ready. How do you do this? Read on.
There are a number of "signs" that your child is close to being ready to go on the potty. You can google it and get a more comprehensive list that I could ever include here: telling you they need to go, asking to be changed, going in a particular spot, wanting to see you go the bathroom, using the potty randomly, etc. My child showed all these signs, but when I attempted to potty train him, it was a disaster. I asked him every 10 minutes if he had to go, but he still was managing about 99% accidents to 1% on the toilet ratio. Plus, I was saying potty about ten thousand times a day, a word I still think is stupid (and will use in this post about a hundred times). I was losing my mind. So I pleaded with my mom friends and one had the most simple, but genius idea: just ask him every morning if he wants to wear diapers or underwear. So every morning I asked, while also doing the following:
- Talking up underwear and pointing out his friends that were wearing it
- Inviting him in to the bathroom to watch me go
- Leaving him in his diapers until he asked to be changed, especially poop diapers (believe me, this is the hardest thing of all!)
- Talking about how nice it is to poop in the toilet, instead of a diaper
- Showing him his little brother's poopy diapers (this was quite effective, though it does require a sibling...and it's not worth having a sibling for potty-training purposes only)
However, please let me warn you...the potty is a place of great fascination for boys. My son is still wondering why he can't dip his behind into the toilet after he goes, to "clean off." See picture of above and invest in Clorox wipes. Lots of them.