How to Potty Train a Girl
Updated 23-01-2021 – Lucy Walters
While potty-training, in general, is a challenging process in itself, why focus specifically on potty-training a girl? Because, there are differences between potty-training a girl and a boy, and the former is known to be much easier. Yep, all you parents of girls can get excited!
Girls are known to want to start potty-training at a relatively younger age when compared to boys, many under the age of 2, and they quickly cope with nighttime training as well. The reason behind this is believed to be because girls can communicate at an early age when compared to boys, and they learn to inform parents when they need to use a potty.
So, if you have a toddler girl and think that you should start the potty-training process soon, here are some effective tips on potty training a girl:
Time It Right
Of course, the first crucial step to successfully potty train your girl is to make sure that she is ready because starting the process too early will make her uninterested while starting too late can make the whole process difficult for everyone involved. So, how do you know the time is right to start potty-training your girl? Look for these readiness signs:
- You will notice that your little girl has grown to be more aware of when he goes to the toilet, like hiding somewhere, standing still, etc.
- She will start showing interest in others using the toilet.
- She will try to pull down her pants or skirt when or after she goes to the toilet.
- She gets upset if her soiled diaper is left unattended.
- She refuses to wear a fresh diaper.
- She is able to communicate and let you know her needs.
In addition to looking for one or more of these signs, you should also make sure that she is not going through a major change right now, say transitioning to her big girl bed, welcoming a new sibling, moving to a new house, etc. Such major changes can already be overwhelming for your little girl, and potty-training during this time will only end in failure.
Get the Equipment Ready
Once you have read the signs and know that your little one is ready for potty-training, the next obvious step is to get the necessary equipment ready. Remember to take her along when you go potty shopping and let her choose the one for her; this will make your girl feel recognized and she will show more eagerness towards the process. When getting training pants, look for ones that come printed with her favorite characters, like Peppa Pig, her favorite princess, etc. Also, it is a good idea to invest in a girl-specific potty-training book to get her to feel comfortable.
Stick to a Routine
As you might be aware, consistency is key for successful potty-training. Whatever it is the steps you take at home to get your girl to use the potty, you should follow the same wherever she goes. For instance, if she goes to the daycare, you need to make the daycare provider aware of your potty-training plan and make sure that they follow the same routine while she is there. If customizing potty training to your girl at the daycare is next to impossible, you could talk to the provider and come up with a plan that is feasible for everyone.
Introduce “No-Diaper” Time
Depending on the weather in your location, introduce “no-diaper” time. This will help her get used to not using nappies, and having no clothes on will help her know right away when she needs to use the potty. During this time, watch for signs that she needs to use the potty, like clutching her legs together, leaping up and down without moving, etc., and encourage her to try using the potty.
Offering rewards is an excellent technique to get your little girl interested in following her potty-training routine. You can go with solid physical rewards, like giving her a candy whenever she goes on the potty, and two when she wipes herself the right way; or go with a reward chart and let her watch her progress towards becoming nappy-free. Whether you choose the first type of reward, or second, or both, the ultimate goal here is to encourage your little one to use her potty whenever she feels like it. And, do remember to reward her when she wipes herself correctly.
Potty-training certainly isn’t an easy feat to achieve. Your little girl will need time to become more confident and get used to it, and you can contribute by doing everything you can to support and encourage her. Even if she doesn’t seem to show interest at this time, let her be and try again in a few weeks or after a month. And remember, NEVER punish or overreact if and when accidents happen.
Teach Her to Wipe Correctly
One of the common issues in potty-training girls is the risk of urine infections, and this mainly happens when the little ones are not taught to wipe correctly. Teach your girl to wipe from front to back and not the other way around. Yes, this could be quite challenging; but, teaching her to wipe properly right from the beginning will highly benefit her on the health and hygiene front.
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