Potty training is frustrating enough, and when you make mistakes while you are potty training your toddler, it just makes the entire situation all the more frustrating. In our last blog, our day care center in Newtown went over a couple of the most common potty training mistakes and talked about how you can avoid them. The following is a list from our child care experts of the last few potty training mistakes and how to avoid them:

  • Focusing on rewards – It is wonderful to reward and encourage your child to use the restroom, but rewards shouldn’t be the reason why they use the bathroom. Rewards are purely external forms of motivation, and if you want potty training to actually stick, you need to focus on internal motivation, like pride, confidence and independence. So instead of giving them candy, praise them and cheer them on!
  • Switching to regular underwear right away – Regular underwear is so thin that, every time your child has an accident, you are likely to have a large puddle to clean up. You want your child to feel the sensation of being wet, but it isn’t necessary to clean up a huge mess every time. Instead of trading out the diapers for underwear, try pull ups or training underwear.
  • Not paying attention to the signals – It is unlikely that your child will come up to you and tell you that they need to use the bathroom, so you will need to watch out for the signals that they need to go. Every child will have their own signal, so pay close attention!