First, take your child into the bathroom with you and allow her to explore the environment while you are using the bathroom. Explain to your accountant what each piece of equipment is and how it works before you use it.
- 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; bathroom flashcards.
- Toilet, Toilet Seat
- Toilet Paper
- Flush Handle
- Sink, Faucet
- Soap, Towel
- Toilet Paper
- All varieties of Pull-Ups
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 her because soon she will be going to the bathroom on her own and she needs 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!