There are about six (6) different potty training method, five(5) of which is discussed in the guide, as one of them is not approved by experts. Your choice depends on the type of kid you have, how available you are and your desired timeline.
Each method has it’s own pros and cons, I have outlined each method below, and hopefully it would help in making the right choice as regards the best potty training method that best suits your kid.
#1. Child Pace Method:
This is the method recommended by specialist. The concept behind the training method is to work at the child’s pace.
Parents should not enforce them to use the potty until they’re willing to do so. They can place the potty in strategic places once kids begin to show signs that he is ready for potty training.
This method isn’t really effective and is bias towards parents, in that it takes a very long time to get them to use the potty properly, even when they do, there are tendencies of accidents and relapse along the way.
Most parents don’t use this method. Especially if it’s the first kid. This method is not advisable.
But if you’ve got plenty of time on your hand, and you’re not in a hurry, then there is no harm in try the method.
Be careful though. You might end up achieving nothing even after years.
#2. Week Off/Weekend Method:
This is currently the most popular method of potty training kids. There are reports that this method is guaranteed to train your child to use the potty within three days. It’s arguably the most effective method as far as I can tell.
The concept behind this method is to take a week off, and use the period to teach the kid how to use potty.
First day of the training is used in orienting the kid about potty, it’s usage and why it is important to use the potty properly.
Some parents would use a doll for the purpose of this teaching. They would teach the kid how to use the potty and clean up afterwards, then after the lesson, they would ask them to practice what they’ve learnt on the doll.
The second day, the child goes around mostly naked, and they’re taken to the toilet to use the potty at interval of 30minutes.
The third day is similar to the first day, however, the child would wear some clothes (without underwear though) and the second day process is repeated. On the fourth day, they’re fully clothed and the process is repeated all over again.
By the end of the third day, the child would have associated the toilet and the use of potty in the brain, so they’re almost done mastering the required knowledge.
It should be noted that it takes additional time to train kids to defecate than just urinal training. But once you get the urinal training right, getting them to use the potty for the second part is easier.
The pros of the method outweighs the cons. Once you have the required time, then you’re good to go. Most parent would schedule the training to be during the holidays. Or during the weekend. Friday to Sunday is enough to get them started.
#3. Learning By imitation:
This method is similar to the first method described. But it is effective only if the child has an elder brother or sister, and he or she sees them using the potty, then they would usually want one for themselves as well. From that point, potty training them becomes very easy.
#4. Reward Method:
This is not a stand-alone method, as it is used in conjunction with any other the method previously described.
The concept behind this method is to reward every successful effort with something significant. It can be the child’s favorite toy, a penny in the piggy bank or whatever it is you think they would appreciate.
This method works very well, when combined with other methods.
#5. Praise Method:
Another method that can be combined with others to make it potty training exercise more effective.
This is similar to reward method, but rather than giving money or valuable item as compensation, children gets praises and support from trainer and other family members when they get it right.
This works very well for parents that does not subscribe to the “bribe” method.