Mommy Hacks: Potty Training Tricks

One thing every parent goes through with their children: potty training. No surprise there – this is something all kids go through. The most important thing is to get your little ones comfortable with this transition. It’s unfamiliar terrain to them, so the biggest hurdle is putting them at ease. My secret?

Potty Training Tips by Tamera Mowry

Cheerios!

As you can imagine, making it a game is a great way to make them feel more comfortable and at ease. When I was training Aden, I would tell him it’s time to play a game called Shoot the Cheerios. It’s not necessarily the type of game that matters, but that they feel relaxed and open to learning what you have to teach them.

Beachy Home Decor

Naturally we had to incorporate the Cheerios into our beachy home décor.

Tamera Mowry

Positive reinforcement is also really important. It’s what tells children they’re on the right track, and they’ll feel accomplished with their achievements. That’s why I love little art prints like this throughout our house.

Quick Potty Training Tips

  • Make this a laidback, fun experience – it doesn’t have to be serious!
  • This time in their lives is full of information overload, the simpler, the better
  • Some parents reinforce success by cheering them on, adding stickers or marks on a chart, or giving a special prize/treat – but no matter what, the important thing is that they know when they’re doing it right.
  • Encourage them when they have a setback – accidents happen after all
  • Be prepared for a relapse – this can happen and usually it’s a result of other changes in their life. At first, Aden did that for a little while – he wanted to be like his baby sister! So the fun game came in handy here, and he was back on track.

Have you been through this experience yet?

Xx,
Tamera

  • Meika Jay

    When I potty trained my son, I used the thing he loved the most to get him to stay put on the potty. I brought him a potty seat that goes on the toliet and I let him sit backwards on the toliet. I gave him a few dry erase markers (different colors) and let him have at it. He loves art. This distracted him from the purpose of him being there and after awhile he just started going on his own whenever he had to use it. It didn’t take long either.