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Potty Training 101

Something every parent goes through
Potty training is something that every parent has to go through with their child. Here are some tips for making it as painless as possible. It's also completely different for every child, and you need to use different methods boys or girls. Girls are also usually potty trained much faster than boys. You'll also have to decide if you want to use a potty, or just a toilet seat adapter, I personally find cleaning potty's kind of gross, so I've always opted for an adapter on top of the regular toilet.

Boys vs Girls
It's well known that girls are at a general level potty trained faster than boys. In a nutshell girls don't like to feel wet, whereas boys will continue to want to play instead of going to the potty, and don't care as much about feeling wet. Boys and girls need different methods when it comes to potty training. Due to having different equipment, girls need to wipe front to back, whereas it doesn't matter as much with boys.  When it comes to learning how to pee standing up, boys can watch their dad, and you can even put something like a cheerio in the toilet bowl for them to aim at.

When is a child ready?
A child can only be potty trained when he/she feels they are ready to be, you can't force them it just doesn't work that way.  Basically if a child is recognizing that they are wet, or are asking you to change them, that's a very good sign that you can start potty training.

Using a reward system
Some children need to be coerced when it comes to learning how to use the potty. So many parents give their children prizes when they successfully use the potty, smaller prizes for peeing, and bigger ones for pooping.

Additional potty training tips

  • use cloth diapers, they're feel the wetness and be potty trained much sooner
  • be patient: remember, they're only toddlers, and it takes patience to potty train them
  • rewards and recognition: this is often very successful as potty training
  • for public bathrooms, always have wipes handy and hand sanitizer
  • have the child recognize when they need to go
  • you can use a small special potty, or a special adapter for your regular toilet