Potty Training as a Team
The proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” holds true when potty training your toddler. The process can be easier and more fun when you involve everyone from siblings to grandparents to daycare providers in addition to mom and dad. Here, our Training Partners offer their top tips for getting everyone on board for a potty training team victory.
Pick Your Team Captain
Potty Training Partner Stacy DeBroff
Begin training by encouraging Big Kid feelings and celebrating all the little milestones along the way. Cheer for good aim and give a high-five for a successful flush. TIP: When accidents do happen, stick with confidence-builders like, “We’ll do better next time.” While all family members and childcare providers are equally important in helping your child master potty training, DeBroff suggests picking someone to lead the team.
“There should be someone in the process establishing the norms, and he or she should have the authority to make changes in the process if something is not working for the little one,” said DeBroff.
Share Your Playbook
Potty Training Partner Jan Faull
While some parts of potty training may seem straightforward, everyone may have a slightly different approach that could confuse or frustrate your child. Faull suggests that the potty training team leader (mom, dad, etc.) discusses all aspects of training with the team before your child begins training.
“Talk about the times of day that your child should try to go potty, how long your child should sit on the potty seat, what rewards to use and even what acts justify a reward,” said Faull. “If your child is in daycare, make sure that you find out if the daycare provider has a “standard” way to train children and discuss what needs to be done differently for your child.”
Create a Home Field Advantage Anywhere with Consistent Supplies
Potty Training Partner Jen Singer
Singer recommends having identical supplies, such as training pants, wipes and even the rewards you use, such as stickers, to help your child take his home field advantage anywhere. “I even bought identical potty seats to keep at home, and at each grandmas house so that my boys always felt comfortable whenever they needed to use the potty — the same idea works for daycare too,” said Singer.
Review Game Time Signals
Potty Training Partner Laura Bennett Murphy
Every child has her own way of expressing that she has to use the potty, so make sure everyone on your child’s potty training team is familiar with her unique signs.
“My daughter always says, ‘something is coming I think’ when she needs to use the potty, but unless you knew to listen for that phrase, you might never know what she was referring to,” said Murphy. “Make sure you let everyone know the language your child is comfortable with so that each person can do their best to help your little one experience success!”