Potty training is one of the biggest milestones for your toddler, and it’s probably the one you’re most looking forward to being done and over with. It’s also one that you’ll try the hardest to keep track of your daughter’s progress in. Being able to do away with the expense and hassle of diapers is something every parent longs for, but what’s the best way to potty train your little girl?
Unfortunately, there aren’t any hard and fast methods that will work with every little girl, but here are some tips that might help make sure the job gets done, and gets done in a week or less.
Step 1: Is she ready?
I know you’re ready for your girl to be toilet trained, but is she? Remember, not every child is ready to go at the same time, and if you start potty training too early, it may take longer to train your child. As yourself some questions, and you’ll be able to tell if your precious daughter is ready for the big girl potty.
For instance, does she seem interested in the toilet or potty-chair? Can she follow basic directions? Does she tell you when she needs to go, either with words or with facial or hand expressions? If you can answer yes to any of these, she very well might be ready for step 1 of the potty training adventure.
Step 2: Start Potty Training Sessions
Once you’ve decided that your girl is ready, start having potty training sessions. You’ll want to set aside a couple of hours in the morning and afternoon, when you let your little girl eat, drink and play just like she normally does. Every 15 minutes, though, put her on the potty. If she goes, praise her! If not, don’t sweat it.
After a couple hours, resume her normal schedule and put a diaper back on her until the next training session.After two or three days of this, she’ll probably start asking to go potty even outside of these potty training sessions. Every time she asks to use the potty, be sure to offer your love and praise, and possibly a reward. This is also a sign that it might be time for step 3.
Step 3: Ditch the Diapers
When your girl is regularly “taking care of business” during the potty training sessions, she’ll start asking to go potty during other parts of the day. Praise and reward her for this, and take her to the potty. Don’t wait, because she probably can’t wait! After this is happening pretty regularly, it’s time to ditch the diaper and switch to underwear. Your little girl may still need a diaper at night, but that’s okay…she’s getting there.
After the Training
Hopefully within a week, your daughter will be fully potty trained and only occasionally have accidents. When an accident happens, don’t make a big fuss about it, but definitely make a big fuss (with praise and a reward) every time you know she’s gone on the potty. This positive reinforcement will help make her understand that she’s getting older and it’s time to act like a big girl.
If this process takes longer than a week, don’t fret. Every child is different, and some girls will take a little bit longer to potty train. There’s good news, though: most girls potty train faster than boys! Just be sure to stay calm every time an accident happens, and encourage her that she can do better next time. Before you know it, she’ll be diaper-free and you’ll be free of the hassle of changing those diapers.