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7 Things to Do BEFORE Potty Training

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7 Things to Do BEFORE Potty Training

Before beginning potty training, there are 7 things you might want to consider doing:

#1 – Consult With Your Child’s School

If your child is in daycare, or school, or is about to join either, I strongly suggest you touch base with them before beginning potty training.  This way you can see what their potty schedule is like and mirror that in your home. Also, establishing a collaborative relationship with your child’s school team is going to send a message that you are there to help and value your their opinions.  

#2 – Get Your Materials Ready 

Make sure you have all the necessary potty training materials ready. This is going to be key for potty training. Check out the attached list below for some suggested materials. 

#3 – Think Through The Details!

You’ll want to figure out all the details before beginning, so you can predict any possible setbacks. For example:

  • When you’re going to do it.
  • If you have a boy – whether you’re going to have him stand or sit. 
  • Whether your child will need targets for the potty or not.
  • What books you think your child would like.
  • What videos or songs would your child might like to learn that are related to the potty (YouTube is great for this!)

#4 – Get Your Schedule Together

  • Figure out when you’re going to potty train – whether you’re going to do a potty training boot camp, or if you are going to do it gradually.
  • Consider purchasing a separate kitchen timer to keep you on track (using your cell is an option, too, but I recommend having something separate).

#5 – Figure Out Childcare

  • Make sure you have some back up! Some families choose to fly in family members just to help out and provide moral support 🙂 
  • Make sure to keep your partner in the loop! 
  • Consider potty training with your friend and his/her kid (check in with school)
  • Don’t forget to schedule breaks for yourself, too. Trust me, you’ll need them and they will be well-deserved!

#6 – Make Sure Your Child Is Ready

  • This is key! I recommend parents check with their child’s pediatrician before beginning the potty training process. Especially, if your child has dietary restrictions, or a history of constipation. Check out my YouTube video ‘5 Signs Your Child is Ready for Potty Training’ for more info. 

#7 – Make Sure Your Child Is Motivated

  1. Motivation is key. Ideally, your child will be intrinsically motivated, but if he/she is not – then you might want to consider extrinsic motivation. 
  2. Stay tuned – I will have more information about intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation coming soon 🙂 

Still not sure if your child is ready to potty train? Leave a comment, or shoot me an email, and we’ll figure it out together!