It’s hard to remember, but there was a time in your life when you didn’t know how to use the bathroom. Your toddler is living through that now. They may even be intimidated by it, especially with the loud noise of the flush and the swirling water in the toilet. Your child needs help learning what is supposed to happen when they go potty. Making that learning fun by using a puzzle is an added bonus!
Even if your child is just beginning to show signs that they’re ready to start potty training, you can get start helping them get familiar with everything. That way, when they are finally ready to get started with potty training, they will already know bathroom vocabulary.
Speaking of vocabulary, you also can start thinking about the words you want to use when you talk about the process. Soon, you’ll be explaining the details! Talking about going to the bathroom can be uncomfortable for some parents, so you may want to practice saying phrases out loud.
Similarly, consider is how you will praise your toddler’s attempts. Each child responds to something different, so think about which words and how much to praise your child at every step, from telling you they have to completing everything through washing their hands.
In the meantime, this puzzle will help you introduce all the parts of the bathroom as well as other items they will use when potty training. You may want to take a shopping trip to stock up on these items before your child starts the puzzle. That way, you can show them everything they’re learning about.
While you may not personally use all the items in the puzzle, many of them are helpful tools for training. When your child is ready to start training, the consistency of wearing training pants instead of diapers helps them understand they’re in a new phase, and they should try to use the potty if they need to go. Because they fit like underwear and your toddler can pull them up and down themselves, Pull-Ups® training pants can make your toddler feel more grown up and ready to train.
Whether your child has earned some screen time, or wants to get up and get moving, our Build-A-Bathroom Puzzle is ready to teach them the bathroom basics!
Pull-Ups® Build-A-Bathroom Puzzle
First, take your toddler into the bathroom with you and allow them to explore the environment while you are using the bathroom. Explain to your little explorer what each piece of equipment is and how it works before you use it. For example:
- “This is the toilet. I put my pee and poop in the toilet. After I go, I wipe myself with toilet paper to keep myself clean.”
- “This is how to flush the toilet. I just push this handle down. (demonstrate or give your child the option to help). When I flush the toilet, the bowl fills with water and takes everything I put into the toilet away to a special place. See how it swirls around and then goes down? Next time you can help me flush.”
Verbally label each component of the bathroom and tell your child what it is for. This develops your child’s language and gives them the words to communicate with you. It’s also helpful to label with words and photos or clip art.
You might consider making some bathroom flashcards or using our potty training flash cards. Some terms you should explain to your child include when playing the Build-A-Bathroom Puzzle game:
- Toilet, Toilet Seat
- Toilet Paper
- Flush Handle
- Sink, Faucet
- Soap, Towel
- Toilet Paper
- Pull-Ups® training pants
Partner with your child as you demonstrate using the bathroom step-by-step, talking about your process as much as possible each step of the way. Tell your child that you are showing them because soon they will be going to the bathroom on their own and they need to know how to do it.
After you’ve shown your child and identified the parts of the bathroom, you can model the process. Including your child in conversation helps her to process all of the information and share what she knows with you. Ask your child about what she knows, and what she wants to know about.
This is what it's about—making potty training engaging and entertaining. Let the fun begin!