Potty Training the Adopted Child

By February 16, 2022 Parenting

Potty training a toddler can seem like an overwhelming task.  Questions like where do I start, how do I know if they’re ready, and what do I even do may run through your mind as you’re figuring out all things related to potty training.  Here are some tips and tricks to keep in mind if you’re at a point of potty training your child.

  • Set a schedule
    • Be sure to set potty times up on a consistent schedule and stick to it
    • Perhaps have a timer that dings when it’s time to try
  • Allow your child to have as much say in their training as possible
    • Create a time to pick out a potty chair together
    • Allow your child to pick out underpants of their liking
  • Be aware of the words you chose and the tone during potty training
    • Speak in a matter of fact way when talking about bodily functions, body parts, and where to use the bathroom
    • Accidents will happen – how you respond, both with words and expression, make a world of a difference
  • Modify your approach to your child’s personality
    • Each child will be ready to potty train at different times, and this is ok
    • Learn different techniques that might work with your kiddo –
      • stickers, praises, talking about it in everyday situations, or by example
    • Make it fun!
      • Have books and toys readily available to play with if need be!
      • Sing songs while waiting!
      • Consider praises and motivators (such as stickers) to assist with encouragement

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This blog post was written by Post Adopt Coordinator, Darcy Solem, LBSW

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