On Saturday, January 23rd, the MomsGuidetoSanDiego welcomed Sri Hatharasinge-Gerschler to lead us in a Potty Training 101 workshop at the fabulous Discover the Glow! We all left with a TON of great information and had a TON of fun.
As families arrived, we greeted them with champagne and treats as they signed a waiver to use the on-site childcare. While the littles enjoyed time with their friends, we got some incredibly valuable information to help us on our potty training adventures.
Here are a few of the take-away points we found to be most helpful:
There are more than 27 signs of readiness that your child may show, but the following three may be the most important to keep an eye out for:
*Your child can sit down, in one position, for two to five minutes
*Your child can pull his/her pants up and down by themselves
*Your child dislikes the feeling of wearing a wet or soiled diaper
The potty plan:
*Make potty time FUN! Bring toys, bubbles, ipad, or books to the potty with you.
*Let them choose their undies.
*Give your child a LOT of liquid and set your timer for every 30-45 minutes. Even better, have your child help you set the timer. Take them to the potty every time the timer goes off.
*Always day train your child before you work on night training.
*Every time your child pees/poops in the potty, give him a treat or reward within 3 seconds. Make this a BIG deal.
*The treat or reward should only be used for potty time. Gradually increase the number of pees and poops your child does to get the reward. You should keep a chart for this. For example, after 3 days, your child should only get the reward after using the potty successfully 3 times…mark it on your chart!
Other tips we loved:
*In the beginning, ask your child if they are dry in between potty times. If they say dry, and get it correct, give them a reward. Encourage them to stay dry until it’s time to potty.
*The potty seat will save you more time and trouble than starting with the potty chair and will provide less resistance when you travel away from home.
*Start your boys sitting down. This will help them learn to poop in the potty too.
*Start eliminating liquids an hour before nap or bedtime. This will help keep them dry.
*If your child will pee on the potty but fears poop, cut a hole in their diaper and let them wear the diaper as they sit on the potty.
*If your child isn’t yet communicating verbally to say “potty”, make sure they know another sign or signal so that they can communicate the need to go. You can teach them sign language for potty, or even take a picture of the potty that they can show you.
*If you are having a new baby soon, expect regression if you’ve already potty trained, or avoid starting potty training within a few months of baby’s arrival.
After the talk, we had an awesome raffle prize giveaway. Attendees left with goody bags and several won potty books, potty seats, stickers, and training pants.
One giveaway that we are especially excited to announce today is the generous gift of an inflatable jumper, offered by our partners at BBs Eco Jumps. To be entered to win this prize for your next party, simply comment below with one potty training tip that you find most valuable. Either something you learned from the class or maybe have read about elsewhere. (You do NOT have to have attended the class to qualify to win!)
We were so lucky to have Sri share her knowledge and advice with us, and she spent a considerable amount of time on Q&A, answering individual questions. Since she specializes in other topics as well, we can only hope that she will be back to guide us through the many other parenting struggles we face on a day-to-day basis.
If you have more questions for Sri, or want to learn more about what she offers, please contact her at