6 Potty Training Tips

Make it easier and more fun!

Updated on October 12, 2017 8:10 am

Luisa Wong

Potty Training Tips

Potty training, or the act of teaching kids to use the restroom correctly, can be tough for some parents. While experts suggest a specific period when our little tots are ready to be toilet-trained, every child is different. Hence, it is important for parents to prepare for when your child is ready to ditch the nappy.

Here are six tricks you can use to make potty training a lot easier and more fun, both for you and your little munchkin:

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1. Give them their own potty.

One of the reasons why kids refuse to participate in potty training is because they’re scared they might lose balance and fall. Start by making them feel comfortable with their own potty. Look for a child-sized potty that sits on the floor first to make them feel more secured. You can also personalise it by decorating or writing their name on it.

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2. Set aside naked time.

Allowing kids to be naked at home will urge them to use the potty when they have to. Once they get used to it, start training them on how to take their clothes off when using the potty.

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3. Really make time for potty training sessions.

Put your child on the potty for a few minutes every day so he or she can be familiar with it. When you’re outdoors, bring a portable potty with you or stop at public restrooms to stick with your potty training schedule. You can also create a potty chart to keep track of the times your kid goes to the toilet.

4. Be their model.

Aside from using a toy, setting yourself as an example might work, too. For girls, mom can explain how one uses a potty. For boys, dad is the best person to talk about the ways boys use the restroom.

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5. Inject some fun.

Children are more likely to do something if they find it fun or interesting. Use your child’s favourite toy or doll when demonstrating the use of a potty. You can even go the extra mile by creating a separate potty for the toy. While your child is using his potty, his toy is sitting on its own, too.

6. Extend potty training in your child’s school.

Potty training does not have to stop at home. For those with children who already go to school, it will help to inform their teacher that you’re training your kid to use a potty. This way, they can help remind your child about it. Also, it helps if your child is familiar with the school’s facilities, including the restroom, so they know where to go when they have to use the toilet.


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