How to Start Potty Training Your Toddler

baby-potty-trainingThe success in potty training is a relief for you as a parent and one of the biggest steps your kid can make. Apart from saving you some time and cost on diapers, it is one of the signs your child is growing healthy and stronger.

Unfortunately, it is also one of the hardest tasks every parent must accomplish. It requires dedication and most importantly, patience. Here are some few tips and tricks.

STEP 1: Know when your kid is ready

Many parents start training their kids as early as two years. Others start at three years. Keep in mind, don’t rush your kid’s learning process, but you also don’t want to spend on diapers till your kid is four years old. The best time to start is when your child is fully ready. She will tell you when she’s about to pee or poop with some words or tells you to change the diaper.
Among the obvious signs is when your child can communicate about his or her need to go to the toilet. Other signs include the ability to follow instructions, interests in wearing underwear, notices others go to the potty, have dry periods and nights and more. If you note any of the signs above, then he or she might be ready, move to the next step.

STEP 2: Familiarize him or her with a potty chair

Any potty chair can work for your child, but you need the one that he or she will be able to use without your assistance. The best choice includes the one that lacks or has a urine guard that is removable. Also, ensure it is comfortable enough. To fully familiarize him or her with it, place the potty chair near a toilet or where he or she likes to play.


STEP 3: Create a program

Potty training is a gradual learning process. So, you need to create a program that will enable your kid to understand the purpose of the potty chair. You can encourage your child to sit the potty chair four to five times a day.
Ensure that the potty chair is somewhere reachable to avoid inconveniences. Also, ensure that you carry it wherever you go with your child. Boys can start urinating when they are sitting down. They can then proceed to urinate while standing up when they fully understand what they are required to do.

STEP 4: Compliment and incentives

Kids enjoy compliments more than any other person. They need to be reminded that they are doing a good thing. Some praising such as ‘good job,’ good boy or girl,’ and more may work. You can also promise to buy him or her a present if he or she can maintain using the potty chair for some few days or weeks. The moment, your child can make a step towards the potty chair when he or she need to go out, move to the next step.


STEP 5: Remove diapers out of the picture

Buy some nice underwear. If possible, have their names written on them. Bright colors are often attractive to kids, so get some underwear with pleasing colors. You can allow your child to choose what he or she wants when you go out shopping together. Avoid anything that might slow down undressing such as tight belts and more.

Additional Tips

  • Take a break when you sense some discomfort.
  • Try to limit the number of people that communicate with her potty training to one or two people. So she won’t be stressed or feel too much pressure.
  •  Don’t be pushy. Remember, it all takes patience. Let your child decide, but watch every step he or she takes.
  •  Use disposable bed covers when your little one is asleep to avoid additional tasks.
  •  Be patient and remind your child every time he or she forgets. You can make it easier, by demonstrating how to do it.

The Final Word

Potty training can be stressing and time-consuming. It can also be easy and fast depending on how you choose to go about it. Save yourself some trouble by using the tips on how to start potty training above.

Additional Reading

The ABCs of potty training

How to Potty Train in a Week


Britax G4 vs ClickTight

Britax G4 and ClickTight, Marathon

Britax again updated their line of convertible car seats after G4 models, with a new installation system that uses both the lower anchors and the seat belt, the new models are called ClickTight.

So you must be wondering what are the differences and similarities between Britax G4 and Britax ClickTight convertible car seats, here is your answer.

The first and most important change is the new ClickTight which  is also the new family name of 2015 model Britax car seat like Marathon, Advocate and Boulevard. It is an easy to use installation system which uses the vehicle seat belt for a tight installation. Britax says that the installation is so easy for anyone and the new system will ensure that the car seats will be installed and used properly with just a few steps.


If we look to the new model at a glance, we see that the new ClickTight models will have the features below:

  • The new Britax Marathon ClickTight, Advocate ClickTight and Boulevard ClickTight now comes with the new installation system, as their name make it obvious. The new system is a very easy to use installation system that uses the vehicle seat belt like older car seat models, but they still use the lower anchors too.
  • Britax brings a better version of side impact protection.
  • Like the G4 models ClickTight’s maximum weight limit is again 65 lbs. and it seems we will never see convertibles with 70 lbs. again due to the new federal safety standards.
  • They will have 12-position harness and 2-position buckle which is very easy to adjust and practical to use.
  • The new models come with an automatic level indicator for finding the best installation angle for your car.

Same model of G4 and ClickTight models have same features, that is Britax Marathon ClickTight (CT) has the same features of Marathon G4 plus new features of the ClickTight family.
Here are the  Britax presentations for installing and achieving a tight installation of the new models in three easy step for both RF and FF configurations.

How ClickTight Works

The only available models with ClickTight system are Marathon,  Boulevard, and Advocate ClickTight convertibles.

We will also write detailed comparison of  Marathon G4 vs ClickTight, Boulevard G4 vs ClickTight, Advocate G4 vs ClickTight as soon as we have time for now you can read our Britax Marathon ClickTight review here.

For more information you can also visit Britax’s website.