You already know that toilet training can be challenging, tiring and messy. But did you know it could also be FUN? Research suggests that fun is not only beneficial to learning, but is key to effective information processing and long-term memory storage. Incorporating joy and excitement into the toilet training process can help your child transition out of nappies quicker. Here are four quick tips for making toilet training an exciting and successful time for your child.
1. Choose your own undies
Adjusting to the feeling of wearing underwear can be tricky for some children. Incorporate a sense of excitement into this big step by allowing your child to choose their first pair of undies.
2. Reward away!
Rewards can be used motivate your child’s progress, making toilet training positive and exciting. Rewards might include a special snack, a fun outing, a lucky dip or a sticker on a rewards chart. Be sure to break down the toileting process (from saying “I need to go” right through to drying hands) into smaller, achievable steps. This will help your child to experience lots of little victories, rather than just when they have mastered the whole process.
3. Become a bathroom cheerleader
We already know that you are your child’s biggest fan. Now it’s time to prove it! Using lots of enthusiastic praise and encouragement, along with rewards will motivate your child to persist with toilet training. Use descriptive praise by labeling the positive behaviour, and nonverbal praise such as clapping and smiling. You might even get your silly on by using noisemakers or party poppers to make toilet time feel like a party!
4. Watch Tom’s Toilet Triumph
Tom’s Toilet Triumph is a fun and easy way to introduce your child to toilet training. It is an animated short film designed to teach children the whats, hows and whys of using the toilet. Watch Tom’s Toilet Triumph with your child, pausing to talk about the key ideas. Tom’s Toilet Triumph can be purchased at the South Australian Government website or is available for viewing on YouTube.
For support in toilet training your little one, contact us on (03) 9768 9990 and make an appointment with one of our psychologists.