Potty training is one of those big hurdles that every parent has to cross. Once your child is trained in all the steps of doing his/her business on the commode and cleaning up afterwards, an issue that you may face is getting him/her to go with enough regularity so that those close calls can be avoided. How many pee pee accidents could’ve been prevented if only my kid went to the bathroom when he first felt the urge to go?
To avoid this scenario, parents have opted to take their child to the potty at specific intervals, like once every hour or two. But, that requires keeping track of when your kid actually used the bathroom. By my third child, I did not have the brain capacity to remember the time I last took him to the toilet. Maybe you don’t either. Perhaps it’s been a long road to potty independence, and you’re ready for this journey to end. If so, give this a try …
Use a potty timer. Every instance the timer goes off, your kid will know that is his signal to go to the bathroom. To make it more fun for your child, use a timer that has different alarm sounds. I found a simple timer app, where you can select different sounds, including animal sounds. We used the elephant because it had the most commanding and urgent sound. And, I told my son, “When you hear the elephant, you have to listen. He’s trying to tell you to go potty.” This ended up being a very fun and imaginative game for my son.
By using a timer, you don’t have to watch the clock all the time, and it trains your child to use the bathroom more independently.
I’m on my last potty training phase (maybe) with my youngest, so if you’ll excuse me, there’s an elephant timer I have to set.