How to Get Potty Training Right from the Start: Day 1 Guide for Parents - My Carry Potty®

How to Get Potty Training Right from the Start: Day 1 Guide for Parents

Posted by Amanda Jenner

Potty training is a significant milestone in your child's development, and starting off on the right foot can make the process smoother and more successful.

Of course, many parents find themselves overwhelmed on the first day of potty training, but with the right strategies up your sleeve, you can set a positive tone for the milestone ahead.

Here’s how to get potty training right from the start.

Preparation is Key 🔐

1. Gather Supplies

  • My Carry Potty: Choose the only leakproof potty that is portable and engaging for your child. My Carry Potty is an excellent option due to its fun design and practicality. We suggest you get your little one to pick the potty with you, that way they feel involved in the process and have the potty design they love.
  • Training Pants: Invest in reusable training pants that are easy for your child to pull up and down, helping them transition from nappies.
  • Step Stools and Seats (for further down the line): Equip your bathroom with a step stool and toilet training seats to make the toilet accessible and comfortable.
  • Training Packs: Use training packs that include educational resources, and books to support your child’s learning.
  • Rewards: Stickers, small toys, or a reward chart can motivate your child.
  • Cleaning Supplies: Have wipes and cleaning products ready for accidents.

Fortunately, we actually offer bundles of almost all of the above here.

2. Set the Stage

  • Designate a Potty Area: Set up the potty in a easy-access and comfortable location. Somewhere they already spend time in. Familiarise them with it and let them play around the potty area, with no pressure.
  • Dress Appropriately: Dress your child in clothing that is easy to remove.

3. Educate and Encourage

  • Explain the Process: Talk to your child about what will happen and why potty training is important.
  • Read Books Together: There are many children’s books about potty training that can make the process fun and relatable.

Day 1: Getting Started

1. Morning Routine

  • Start Early: Begin the day by introducing the potty and encouraging your child to sit on it after waking up.
  • Stay Close: Keep a close watch and remind your child to use the potty every 20-30 minutes.

2. Positive Reinforcement

  • Celebrate Successes: Praise your child for any attempt to use the potty, even if they don’t go.
  • Use Rewards: Implement a reward system to encourage consistent use. A reward chart with stickers for successful poos and wees works great!

3. Hydration and Nutrition

  • Increase Fluid Intake: Give your child plenty of fluids to create more opportunities for using the potty.
  • Healthy Diet: Ensure your child eats a balanced diet to avoid constipation, which can hinder potty training progress.

Handling Accidents

1. Stay Calm

  • Avoid Punishment: Accidents are part of the learning process. Stay calm and reassure your child.
  • Encourage Clean-Up: Involve your child in cleaning up accidents to teach responsibility.

2. Consistency is Crucial

  • Stick to the Routine: Continue with regular potty reminders throughout the day.
  • Nighttime Preparation: Before bed, encourage one last potty visit and use training pants if necessary.

Tips for Success

1. Patience and Positivity

  • Be Patient: Potty training is a new skill for your child and it may take time to master.
  • Stay Positive: Maintain a positive attitude to keep your child motivated and confident.

2. Flexibility

  • Adapt as Needed: Every child is different. If a particular approach isn’t working, don’t be afraid to try something new.

3. Lead by Example

  • Model Behaviour: If possible, let your child see family members using the toilet to normalise the behaviour.

Starting potty training can feel daunting, but with preparation, patience, and positivity, you can set your child up for success from day one. Remember, every child learns at their own pace, so stay supportive and encouraging throughout the process.

Good luck, and happy potty training!

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