4 Tips for Getting Your Stubborn Toddler to Use the Potty

Have you been trying to get your toddler to use the potty for quite some time only to feel like it's failing? Is almost every other child in your toddler's daycare or preschool class potty trained? Don't feel bad, as you are not alone. However, every toddler will go about their potty training path differently and reach the finish line at different times based on their gender, interested, temperament, and various other factors. It all depends on the child. Here is what you need to know about potty training your toddler.

Is Your Toddler Even Ready?

First things first, you need to determine if you are trying to get your toddler potty trained before he or she is developmentally ready. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Is your toddler telling you when he or she is peeing or pooping in his or her diaper?
  • Is your toddler beginning to ask about the bathroom/toilet?
  • Is your toddler starting to stay dry for longer periods of time?
  • Is your toddler able to pull his or her pants up and down (even with a little help)?

If the answer was "yes" to the majority of these questions, then your toddler is likely ready to get started with the training process. Here are some tips as you move forward:

Tip #1: Try to Remain Positive

Once you get started, the timeline is all in your toddler's hands. It may go quickly, or it may go slowly. The important thing is that you remain positive, give positive reinforcement and make things fun for your toddler.

Tip #2: Begin Transitioning

If your toddler is not wanting to use the potty, you need to focus your diaper changes around the bathroom. For example, when you change the diaper and there is poop in it, head to the bathroom and dump it in the toilet. This will let your toddler know that the poop goes in the toilet – and make sure to actually let him or her know this by saying so.

Tip #3: Manage Fears

If your toddler is scared of the toilet, show him or her there is nothing to be afraid of. You can begin by using a stuffed animal or doll. Place it on the toilet and demonstrate how the animal or doll is okay with sitting on the toilet and using it. Alternatively, your child can go into the bathroom with you and you can acknowledge that you are fine.

Tip #4: Be Patient

Above all else, you must be patient. Despite all the structure and encouragement that you can give, your toddler must want to use the potty.

For more tips and advice on potty training your child, contact pediatrician services such as Kitsap Children's Clinic LLP.