Potty Training 101
Many parents have been asking me about resources for potty training. While I am far from the potty training expert, I do have several fantastic resources for potty training. I also have some cute songs to make potty training an exciting time for your little one!
Potty Training Songs
This video from Hap Palmer is also a classic diaper freedom anthem.
and this one is a great video for talking about feeling like you have to go and waiting on the potty.
Potty Training Tips
1. Set a Timer - Have your child sit on the toilet for ( ) minutes with a timer. Practice waiting on the toilet for 1, 2, 3+ minutes to see if something happens. You can play a game while you wait or play your child's favorite song!
2. Create a Star Chart - Behavioral incentives can work wonders! Try using this Potty Star Chart in the bathroom with your little one. Every time they pee or poo in the potty, they earn a star. 3 stars = a behavioral reward (iPad time, trip to the park, special snack, etc). Be sure to put a picture of the reward in that blank space on the bottom so you can continually remind your child what they are working for.
3. Make it Fun - Create a special dance move for pees and poos that you do with your little one before you flush the toilet. Think of it like an NFL touchdown dance. This is an exciting moment and should be celebrated to the fullest!
If you have tried all of these things and are looking for some more intensive help, North Shore Pediatric Therapy recently launchd an audio recording all about potty training.
Little Friends is having a Toilet Training event on Tuesday, March 21st at 10:00am. The event is free and you can get your tickets here.
Our friends at RUSH have also compiled a list of toilet training resources specifically for individuals with autism.
And last but not least, some tips from Autism Speaks for toilet training nonverbal children with autism.
I hope some of these help you and your child on the potty training journey. If there are additional resources you would like to share, please contact me so all of our families can benefit from your experience!