Its seems to be a common theme that parents start potty training with a structured approach in mind, however a more casual approach to this could be less stressful and what suits your toddler best. We review what could work best for your child based on their personality.
Which is the best way to Potty Train?
If you child is calm, compliant and regular bowel movements than the regular daily routine could well work. However, if you have a strong-willed, excitable or no regular pattern to their daily bowel movements, trying to enforce a structure to this could lead to confrontation and frustration for them and yourself.
A daily routine approach to potty training
Start your day by sitting your child on the potty at the same time every day, if they normally poo in the morning then this is a good time to start this. This helps get them into the routine of trying to use the potty each day, don’t leave them on there more than 5-10 minutes each time.
A casual approach to potty training
You may find that your child doesn’t suit a structured approach to potty training. If they aren’t regular, there isn’t any point in forcing them to sit on the potty at the same time each day. Instead look for signs that they need to go, and suggest that they use the potty or toilet.
Don’t worry about Setbacks
Your child may not pick this up straight away, and even if they do expect them to get bored of it or go off the idea of going to the toilet in this way. Just have a break from the routine for a day or so and then go back to it and try again. You will know what is best for your child, so it’s important to listen to your instincts and then come back to this when you feel they are ready.