Potty training a toddler is never a walk in the park, but it can be even more challenging if both parents work outside the home full time. Potty training requires patience and persistence. And while the last thing you might want to do after putting in a full day at work and on weekends is addressing potty issues, there are ways to make the process easier -- and get your child diaper-free as quickly as possible.
Wait for signs of readiness. Training a child who isn't ready for potty training makes the process more challenging than it has to be. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, you shouldn't begin potty training your toddler until she shows an interest in the potty, is able to verbalize her need to go, can sit on the potty without help, stays dry for a few hours at a time and can pull her clothes up and down herself.
Collaborate with your child care provider. Work together so that you use consistent methods, terminology and praise. If your child goes to a child care center, they will probably already have a plan in place that you can follow at home. If you have a family member or nanny watching your child, you can develop a training plan together.
Shop for potty training necessities. Choose a potty seat or chair that your toddler will enjoy using, such as one in his favorite color or with his favorite cartoon characters. Let your child pick out the underwear that he will want to wear once he's potty trained.
Start on a weekend. Begin potty training when you're able to be home with your toddler for a day or two.
Give yourself extra time in the mornings. See if you can get up earlier or go into work later so that you don't have to rush out the door. This way, you can have more time to spend with your toddler as she sits on the potty.
Dress your toddler for potty-training ease. Make it easy for your toddler to go potty each day by dressing her in clothes that she can readily pull up and down. Pants with elastic waists and short dresses are good choices.
Reinforce what happens at day care. If toddlers sit on the potty after every meal at day care, do this at home as well. It might be exhausting, but consistency will really help your little one succeed.
Focus on the positive and don't dwell on accidents. Ask your child care provider to keep a record of potty successes and make sure to praise those -- as well as any potty successes your toddler has with you.