The following tips are ones I personally came up with, through my experience. I am currently potty training my 2 1/2 year old son and I think it's safe to say we are 85% there! I do want to say, I do not believe in forcing a child to learn how to potty train. You definitely have to wait until they are ready-- some kids are earlier than others, some are later than others. Our daughter was fully potty trained at 22 months, so at first I was frustrated about our son not being ready at almost 2 1/2 a couple months backs. Truth is, our son is not as mature as our daughter was at his age...all kids are different!
- Buy panties/man-panties together-- Take your toddler to the store and let them pick out their favorite pack of panties. Make a big deal about it and say how big they are getting! Then tell them all about the adventure they are about to have learning how to use the potty.
- Consistency is key-- Ask your toddler every 30 minutes if they have to pee and go potty
- Praise is crucial-- Having happy dances and giving high fives are super fun with your toddler and it shows them how excited and proud you are of them.
- Give them incentive-- Rewards are fun! An M&M or Jelly Bean is personally okay with me, but you don't always have to give sugar to your child (especially each time they successfully go potty). You and your toddler can make your very own homemade potty chart, which they can put stickers on each time they go potty. My kids LOVE stickers.
- Sometimes privacy is needed-- My son loves to say "I need pry-ha-see". So I will either turn my back, or step a few feet away, and he will go!
- Let your toddler choose if they want to use a small potty chair or the toilet with a seat adapter. All kids are different, and some might want to use the toilet right away and skip using a potty chair.
- Parents have got to have patience-- There may be times your child needs to sit a few minutes on the potty before they actually pee. Give them time and be patient, as they are learning how to control their body.
Best of luck to you and your toddler on your toddler's potty training adventure! Don't stress if it takes longer than what you expected or wanted.