Potty training can be difficult for some parents, while other parents just sail right through it. It depends on the child you’re potty training and how well she takes to the transition. If you’ve been dreading potty training your little girl, don’t fret. In this article, we’ll provide you with a step-by-step plan on how to potty train little girls. With this plan, you’ll be able to potty train with ease.
Wait until your child is displaying signs that it’s time. She’ll begin to recognize that feeling she gets when it’s time to go to the bathroom. She may grab herself, dance around or tell you she needs to go. This is a perfect time to start potty training your little girl. Wait until you see these signs that it’s time to start potty training.
Don’t rush her. If she’s not ready and you try to rush her, she will only rebel and make the process more difficult. If you’re not seeing the signs, and she’s not taking well to the initial introduction to the potty, wait a few months and try again.
Visit the bathroom with her often. Allow her to see that it’s a comfortable area and that it’s an enjoyable experience for the two of you. Let her sit on the potty while you read a book to her. Allow her to watch you visit the potty, this will help her get the point of what the potty’s for. Try to go at least once an hour. Little ones can’t hold it for as long as adults, so if you only take her when you need to go, you might miss out on some opportunities throughout the day to train her.
Use positive reinforcement. As you continue taking her to the potty, when she goes make sure you use positive reinforcement. For instance, give her a tiny treat when she uses the potty or lots of praise and a big hug. This will encourage your little girl to visit the potty even more. When she realizes that she’s done a great job by going to the potty, she will be proud of herself and will want to do well more often. Use stickers, treats or praise to show positive reinforcement.
Never punish her for accidents. Expect that accidents will happen as you’re potty training your little girl. Almost no children get it right away and never have another accident. Don’t make a big fuss—just handle the situation and go back to the potty routine you’ve been using.
By using the steps above, you should be able to make the transition from diapers to potty training easier for your little girl. Remember to be patient and have a good time with the process and you’ll do fine.