Typically when potty training begins, it can take a lot of time and most parents cannot spend every minute in the bathroom. Whether you have one child or multiple children, spending every second of the day in the bathroom is not possible.
This is especially because you either will be waiting for quit some time for your child to use the bathroom or you will be running them to the bathroom repeatedly throughout the day, for false alarms and to check to make sure that they do not need to go.
However, this can be avoided, the bathroom time that is unproductive, that is frustrating for you and your child too. Instead, it is a better idea to start paying attention to when your child is going to the bathroom. You will need to pay close attention to how soon they go after eating or when they go at night and first thing in the morning.
This also means watching the signs that your child exhibits when they need to use the potty too or when they are going. This is also a great way to teach your child to pay attention to his bodily feelings of when he has to go.
To create a potty schedule, you will first want to:
- Watch when your child is going. Pay attention to how soon they are going after meals, waking up and before bed, as well as all the times in between too.
- You want to keep a journal and write down this information, as well as if they are peeing, pooping or doing both together too. This will require checking their diaper closely after each changing so you know which is happening.
- Keep track of their facial expressions or body language as well prior to going and make these notes in the journal as well. Is there something special they do when they poop or pee? Pay attention to these signals so you’ll know when to take them to the bathroom. Many children will fidget, walk around a lot, hold themselves, etc., watch what your child does before they go.
After you have kept a journal for a while, at least a couple of weeks, start going over the patterns that are happening when your child is going. This will help you establish what the schedule should be like. These patterns will be of when they are pooping most often or peeing most often, depending on what they are eating, what they are doing at the time or when they are taking naps for instance.
Once you know all this, begin taking your child to the potty at these times. So, for instance if your child pees first thing in the morning when they wake up, wake them a little sooner and get them to the potty. Or if they pee and poop after eating breakfast, take them there at that time too. The schedule should fit your child’s own potty habits and this will make teaching potty training easier, since your child will be going at the times when they would naturally go anyway.