Each week DaddiLifeForce brings inspiration curated from the community, to help you create more quality dad moments quickly and easily. This week, we’re looking at a biggie…a real biggie…POTTY TRAINING.
Oh the fun and games dad’s find themselves in for here. This is one of the areas we hear about the most across the DaddiLife community, and whether it’s your first or fifth time, there’s always new tricks to learn.
Brace yourselves, and your carpets, we’re going in!
Reward charts by Ethan Parkerk
Stickers as rewards for the potty deposits have long been a routine, but Ethan has taken it one step further by creating a weekly chart view of the little guy’s potty achievements. By creating a simple yet visible signal of progress he’s been able to get a regular stream of success (pun intended) in the last few weeks.
Price: You’ll need a decent sized book of stickers, and this will cost anywhere between £2.50 – £5.
Time needed: A couple of minutes to draw a chart and unwrap the stickers, and you’re good to go!
Age Range: Early toddler.
Potty Effectiveness: Brilliant and simple so both mum and dad can keep track.
Alternative ways to get a ‘push,’ by ERIC Charity
The team over at ERIC – The Children’s Bowel and Bladder Charity – have a brilliant way to combine play, relaxation, and potty time.
As Alina Lynden from ERIC told us:
‘We get lots of handy tips passed on from parents when we’re talking to them about toilet training on the ERIC helpline. Our top tip is to give them a pot of bubbles with a wand. You use the same muscles for blowing as you do for pushing a poo out so it’s a great way to teach young children this skill. Also, by keeping their hands occupied you avoid them gripping the seat to try and stop a wee or poo which sometimes happens if they’re feeling nervous because their poo may have hurt in the past or taken them by surprise.’
An absolutely brilliant tip, and one you can combine with reward charts too.
Price: A pot of bubbles shouldn’t cost you more than £1 – £2.
Time needed: Let’s face it, bubble blowing is pretty addictive, so you may need some extra time to get them to stop after!
Age Range: Early toddler.
Potty Effectiveness: Keeps things calm and relaxed, while also utilising the same muscles to get ‘the job’ done.
Before/After photos, by Laura Tenison
Laura Tenison MBE, is the Founder & CEO of JoJo Maman Bebe – the UK’s largest independent mother and baby boutique. She told us of a brilliant little tip she used on her children. She took photos…the-baby in NAPPIES, then the-big-boy in PANTS and put them up on the fridge for all to see what a clever one he was.
She had this to say to DaddiLife:
“Toddlers love to be treated with respect and by encouraging them to feel proud of their new ‘stage’ in life helps engage them in the reasons to progress from diapers to big boy pants.”
Great advice, and a consistent visual reinforcement of success for the little ones during the potty training period.
Price: The JoJo Nappy Training Pants are perfect for that transition period, and you can get a 2 pack here for £12.
Time needed: A little time to get the right before and after. Hang it up, and make it pride of place.
Age Range: Early toddler onwards.
Potty Effectiveness: A consistent symbol of success for the kids to see.
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