Using Potty Chairs to Toilet Train Your Child
Potty chairs are child-sized seats for your child to use when they are potty training. There are two types of potty chairs: free standing, child-sized chairs that you need to empty and clean after your child uses it and potty seats that fit on a regular toilet, but provide a more secure feeling to a child since it is sized for a child. If you plan on using a potty seat to adjust the size of your regular toilet for your child, it is important that you have a stool so your child can climb up on the toilet easily. Whichever chair you decide to use, your child needs to be able to use it without assistance.
Some potty chairs come with built in music that will play when your child uses the seat properly. This can be a fun reward for a toddler learning to use the toilet. And potty training should be a fun experience. The process may get frustrating for you, as a father, but be sure to keep things light hearted with your child and you may see progress much sooner than you think.
When using a potty chair to toilet train your child, it is important for your child to get used to sitting on their new potty. It is a good idea to place your child on their toilet chair for at least two minutes every hour, even if they do not need to go to the bathroom. This will allow them to get comfortable sitting on their new seat and be better able to use it when they are ready.
Sitting on the toilet can be a very frightening thing for a child. It is a new experience and there is so much that they are trying to figure out about themselves. Do not pressure your child to sit on the seat if it frightens them. Allow your child to gradually warm up to the idea of using the toilet instead of forcing your child to use the toilet when you think they are ready. Your child will tell you when they are ready to use the toilet (see When is Your Child Ready to be Potty Trained).
When your child successfully uses his or her potty chair, you should praise them so they know that you are pleased. Be consistent with your praise and with your use of the potty chair. It is not a good potty training technique to use the potty chair one day and then have your child in diapers the next day. This can be confusing for your child and could promote setbacks in the potty training process.
As your child gets used to recognizing body signals that tell them they need to use the toilet, they will have accidents along the way. This is a normal part of potty training and you should encourage your child to keep trying and not scold them for dirtying their underwear and clothes. To help your child avoid accidents and get used to using their potty chair, you should have your child try to go to the bathroom to use their potty chair every hour. This routine will help remind your child to be aware of their body and tell you when they need to use the toilet.
When your child is on their potty chair, be careful not to stand over them. This can make your child uncomfortable and prevent them from using the toilet even if they need to. Instead, make an excuse to leave for a moment or turn to straighten towels. You may even want to get down on your child’s level so they do not feel pressure to use the toilet.
After each use of the potty chair, make sure your child washes his or her hands, even if they did not go to the bathroom. This will help your child associate washing their hands with going to the bathroom—and that is an important habit for children to develop.