Learning how to potty train a girl is a challenge that every parent fortunate enough to have a daughter will face, and it’s one that you can overcome as well if you learn the right way to potty train your little one.
First, the good news. Little girls are usually easier to potty train than little boys are, and they are usually ready to potty train at a younger age than little boys are.
This isn’t always how things work out, but if you are about to start on the potty training path you probably need something to brighten your day and keep you feeling positive.
If you are feeling a little hesitant before you get started that ‘s perfectly normal. Just try to keep in mind how great it will be when you’ve changed your last soiled diaper.
The following tips on how to potty train a girl should help you as you help your little one to reach this important milestone.
How Old Should My Little Girl Be When I Start Potty Training Her?
The good news for parents is that little girls will usually be ready to potty train before little boys are.
Your daughter will probably be around 18 months to 2 years of age when she’s ready to use the potty, but it’s not uncommon for her to be a little past her third birthday as well.
It’s critical to keep a couple things in mind:
- The important thing is for you to pay attention to what your little girl is telling you.
- She will start to show you little signs that she may be ready to potty train, then it’s up to you to give her a gentle push in the right direction to get the ball rolling.
Anyway, let’s cut straight to the chase!
How To Potty Train A Girl in 7 Simple Steps!
1) Start Getting Your Daughter Ready To Go To The Potty By Letting Her Watch You Go
Toddlers learn from watching the people around them and then imitating the behaviors that they see.
I’ll let Elmo and his Dad Demonstrate this one ?
Like all toddlers, your little girl is going to learn best by watching you. (Daddy’s working with the boys, Mommy, this one’s on you!)
If you just tell her that she needs to sit on the potty and use the bathroom, she probably won’t have any idea what you are talking about.
You need to show her what to do so that she understands it, and so that she feels comfortable and confident doing it.
You should start taking your daughter to the bathroom with you as soon as you think she may be getting ready to start the potty training process.
This will let her see that what you are asking her to do is what you do, and what everyone else does as well.
2) You Should Get Her A Toilet Of Her Own
When the time comes for your little one to use the potty you can either buy a seat that attaches to your toilet and get her a stepping stool, or you can get her a small toilet of her own.
While either option will work, if you get her a small toilet of her own it can help her to feel special.
It can show here that you have gone out of your way to get her something unique, which can help to positively reinforce the behavior of using the toilet.
3) Help Her To Develop Good Habits From A Young Age
How many times have you been in a public bathroom and watched as a woman came out of a stall, then left the bathroom without washing her hands?
So, as a parent, it’s up to you to teach your daughter the right way to do things.
Start showing her from day one that every time she uses the bathroom she has to wash her hands. You can even buy a special soap dispenser with bright colors and cartoon characters to help encourage her to use soap and water each time she uses the bathroom.
4) Set Up A Regular Schedule For Going To The Bathroom
One problem that all children have at the beginning of the potty training process is remembering to go to the bathroom.
You have to remember that up to this point she just went whenever she wanted to and didn’t have to worry about going to the bathroom.
So you need to remind her to go to the bathroom and the easiest way to do it is to set a timer and take her every hour to the bathroom.
With smartphone technology, it’s easy to set a timer and it can help both you and her to remember to go to the bathroom.
5) Get Her Special Underwear
What little girl doesn’t love princesses, or SuperGirl??
So why not take advantage of this to help with the potty training process?
If you get your little girl special princess underwear or something else along those lines that she loves, this can be a powerful tool in your arsenal to get rid of diapers once and for all.
When you give her the new underwear make a thing of it and tell her that these are for big girls, so it’s time to go to the potty so she doesn’t ruin them.
6) Celebrate Little Victories
When your little girl first starts to go to the toilet you need to make a big deal of it every time she goes.
You need to show her how proud of her that you are so that she will want to keep going to the bathroom.
As a parent you certainly know how much your approval means to your daughter, so when she does something like going to the potty make a big deal of it.
Show her how proud you are, and this will serve as a powerful tool to motivate her while she is potty training.
7) Tell Her When She Makes A Mistake, But Be Kind And Understanding
You should never scold your daughter when she has an accident, but you should definitely let her know that it isn’t acceptable for her to have them.
This will teach her that going to the bathroom in her underwear is wrong, but it won’t destroy her confidence like yelling at her would.
When she has accidents, and she will, then gently remind her that she should always go to the potty, and offer to take her whenever she wants to go.
8) Where to Start when she is ready?
Honestly, for the EASIEST “step by step” potty training for your little girl, I recommend doing the “3 Day Potty Training” Method. Their 97% success rate speaks for itself!
Anything I missed?
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Jeff & Yvette