I am starting potty training for my daughter who is now a year and 2 months. I say the term loosely because I take my time so I don’t stress and don’t stress my child. As we all know kids want to be with us especially so when we go to the restroom. I don’t start off with the expectation that my child will be trained in a week because if it doesn’t happen it feels like a huge failure and you get upset and try to rush results.
What I did with my first and will try again with my daughter is to let them in the bathroom sit there forever and sit her on the potty. I will hand her a book or phone to distract her and make her more comfortable in sitting down. I usually give them stickers to apply at any other item so they touch the potty and are not afraid of it. Most of the time kids are afraid because it’s new and of course what we don’t know is scary. This will help them entertain them for a bit and also ease their fears.
Once my son started sitting with his pants down I would bribe him to sit by reading to him a few books while pretending I was still using the bathroom myself. I also urged my husband to do the same. He didn’t like to have him in the bathroom but when I suggested that it would make things easier to see him in the toilet too it would make him want to mirror us more. Sure enough after about a week of this he was ok with pulling down his pants and started peeing without a problem. Pooping was a bit harder as kids have a hard time telling when they need to poop until the last second. We continued like this and eventually one of the times I was reading multiple books the long time resulted in him “accidentally” pooping. After that it was no problem. Taking him more often every hour became normal in order to avoid him not realizing when he needed to go and reducing accidents.
Accidents will happen it is best to assume it will happen and just laugh when it does. If your child sees you get upset it stresses them out which won’t deliver any good feelings towards you or the potty training business. Good luck to you and your child. I will update you on how long it takes as I am starting almost a year sooner with my daughter than my son just because she walked sooner.