Tips to Potty Train Girls

girl potty trainingTypically, children are ready to start potty training around the age of two. However, it depends entirely on the child as to whether or not she will be successful. If this is the first time you are potty training a girl, there are lots of tips available, covering everything from the basics of potty training to some of the more advanced techniques like using an eye mask to help with relaxation and flow.

Clothes

When you are potty training your daughter, it’s best for both of you to put her in dresses to make the process easier. A dress is easier to lift up before sitting down on the potty instead of having to worry about buttons and zippers on pants. When she’s focused on getting to the potty like you told her, she can become frustrated if there’s something in her way.

Charts

In school, teachers use charts to show the kids their progress. You can do the same thing with potty training. There are lots of websites that offer potty training charts- in whatever special character or design your daughter would like. Get some stickers or markers to make note of the times she went potty on her own without being told, and she will start to want to do it more.

Wiping

You must teach your little girl how to wipe properly after going to the potty. This will prevent painful UTIs. Let her know that she should wipe her urine (or “pee-pee”) first and then get a new piece of toilet paper for her feces (“poo-poo”).

Lead by Example

If you’re a mom and you’re potty training your little girl, it can be helpful in the process to let her watch you go to the potty. However, not all moms are comfortable with this, and that’s okay.

Potty Chair

Potty training can be made much more fun and enjoyable by allowing her to choose a special potty chair. You can even let her decorate it with stickers and markers to make it all her own. Allow her to practice sitting on it for a week or so with her clothes on so she can get used to it.

Underwear

When your daughter is ready to get completely out of diapers and into “big-girl” underwear, let her pick them out herself. This will help her be more comfortable with wearing them. Tell her that big girls like mommy or even another female family member wear some just like it and you should never go pee-pee in them, but pull them down to pee-pee in the potty.