Grab some picture books about learning to use the toilet from the library and do lots of reading aloud with your child.
Talk about the steps of going to the toilet.
- Tell Mummy or Daddy
- Go to the bathroom
- Take off your pants
- Sit on the toilet or potty
- Try to do a wee or a poo
- Wipe yourself (or ask for help to wipe)
- Flush the toilet
- Wash your hands
You may even want to make it into a little rhyme, song or even a rap if you’re brave! (YouTube will no doubt help you out here with something super catchy!) This will help your child get familiar with the process. It can also help by introducing some fun and taking some of the pressure off the performance. Keeping the atmosphere light will really help your child.
A star chart can be very helpful in getting the traction needed for successful toilet training. Be generous with your encouragement. The first step towards success may be a willingness to sit on the potty, so give those small wins plenty of praise. “Wow Caleb, you look like you are enjoying sitting on the potty.”
Then praise all the steps towards independence. “Well done Kate, you used the potty all on your own!”
A star chart can encourage a new focus on areas like remembering to go on their own, remembering to wash their hands, or doing number twos. A small reward for all those stars will help with the focus!