Potty training guru Amanda Jenner pinpoints her five key signs that your child is ready to give it a go.
Potty training is something that most parents dread and knowing when and where to start is one of the most common questions I get asked. The one thing that most parents make a mistake with is starting when they are ready - rather than starting when the child is ready.
My most important piece of advice is to make sure that your child is showing the key signs of readiness before you attempt the transition.
Look for the Five Key Signs of Readiness
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When you have checked your child is showing the signs of readiness I am a great believer in getting them involved with the whole process. Take them to choose their own potty and favourite character pants really makes the whole adventure engaging and exciting.
Every child loves to feel special and to please Mummy and Daddy - especially when it comes to potty training - as they often know this is a big-girl or big-boy challenge. Using rewards is a great way to encourage your child to sit on the potty or the toilet, this can be reward chart and stickers or even a magical star box.
It is important to reward your child even if they try but do not ‘perform’, sometimes it can be difficult to get them sitting on the potty or the toilet and this needs a little extra encouragement.
Getting everyone involved once you start and keeping it consistent is so important, so do speak to your childcare setting or any other carers to ensure you all stick to the same routine.
And finally, a biggie for parents is… don’t compare your child to anyone else! Sometimes it does just take a little bit of patience and every child will learn this life skill at a different rate.
Potty trainer and children’s behavioural expert Amanda Jenner www.pottytrainingacademy.co.uk
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