Bringing your child Into the loo
One of the most powerful ways children learn potty training is by observation. So don’t be shy about inviting your child in to see how you use the toilet. Be matter-of-fact about how it all works, answer any questions, and talk about how good it feels to get all the wee and poo out of our bodies.
Dads, unless you have a urinal in your home, we don’t recommend having your son stand to wee until he’s older. Standing up takes considerably more coordination and skill than weeing while seated. And weeing and pooing often happens at the same time, so if he’s already sitting down, you might just get lucky.
Older, already potty-trained siblings and cousins can be good role models, too. They can show the potty trainee how they use the potty, and how to flush and wash hands. Just be sure to supervise the big kid if they are helping the little kid to ensure hygiene procedures are being followed.
By the way, don’t worry if there isn’t a same-sex parent in the home to help your little one learn how to use the potty. Matching equipment doesn’t matter nearly as much as your child’s readiness — and your partnership with your child. Your positive, supportive attitude is all that it takes. If you’ve been changing your child’s nappies all along, this is just the next step in the process.