Toilet training tools to help
Tools for motivation
Trying to get your child interested in toilet training? Toilet training tools may be the answer. Toilet training tools have their place and some are more effective than others.
Toilet training tools can help with encouraging your child and can be categorised as follows:
1. Rewarding the child for achievements
2. Trying to turn toilet training into a fun experience
Both categories try to support your toddler in their learning and understanding of using the toilet.
Too many tools, too little time
There are many toilet training tools available. Some of the more common tools around include:
- Reward charts
- Rewards – lollies or just praise from mom or dad
- Prizes for each milestone
- Toilet training games and activities
- Toilet crackers - feed the toilet before or after going
- Wee targets (for boys) to help wee straight
- Night lights for the toilet, for toilet stops in the middle of the night
- Potty watches to set reminders
Ultimately, you need to find what works with your toddler. Just making a big deal out of going to the toilet is enough for some, while others like stickers and the structure of a rewards chart. Getting them engaged, helping them learn and recognising the right behaviour is the key.
Toilet training charts
Toilet training charts are a popular tool for both parents and kids. These charts are a simple but effective way to track your child’s progress and gives them an excuse to slap a sticker on something, throughout the process!
Hang the toilet training chart in the bathroom or on a wall near the child’s potty to give them an incentive to learn how to go to the toilet. The toilet training charts are reversible, so there are great designs for boys and girls.
Toilet training books
If you’ve done the hard work of getting your toddler to sit on the potty or toilet, now it’s time to keep them there! Children are easily distracted, so put something engaging in front of them like reading them a book.
Books also help teach them about toilet training, so go that step further and read them a book about going to the toilet.
Toilet training games and activities
Get your little toilet training star keen to learn with toilet training activities. Toilet training games and activities can be anything that encourages your child to know how to wipe, flush and wash all on their own.
These should not only make toilet time more exciting, but also help them learn about wet and dry, and when to go to the toilet.
Don’t be afraid to get creative with these and come up with your own activities too!
These toilet training tools may take some effort and a little more time for you to organise with your toddler, but it can make all the difference in reaching that final goal of having your child successfully toilet trained.
Like all tools, these are only a way to make the toilet training process easier for you and your toddler, so try not to think that a book is all you need for toilet training success. This is just one part of the whole formula to making your life easier, and putting a smile on your child’s face the next time they sit on the potty!
Toilet training products, including potties, toilet seats and training pants, are an equally important part of the toilet training process. You can find out more about toilet training products here, what is available and which you may need.