Training babies to use the potty seat for peeing and pooping is easier said than done. Engaged in exploring the world around them, they usually relieve themselves without even realizing it. Potty training might seem like a daunting task, as the transition from nappies to pants can be quite challenging. However, potty training games can make it easier and also speed up the process.
When your baby is ready to understand the basics of what you are trying to tell them, you can start training them to use the potty seat. Keep reading for some potty training games for babies that can make your work a lot easier.
19 Potty Training Games
1. What is wee?
Take a glass of cold water, one each for you and your baby. While they drink it, explain how it goes down the pipe to the stomach and then comes out as wee. If the water is cold, they can feel it themselves, too. You can challenge them for a race to see whose drink will come out first.
Both of you can drink two to three glasses of water. Observe your baby’s face at all times. When babies are about to pee, they get a blank expression on their face. When you spot it, ask them if their drink is coming out. Mention that it is wee. Play this game several times so that your baby realizes the sensation that precedes urination and informs you.
2. What is poo?
The game is similar to ‘What is wee?’ but is about understanding when they have to poop. When you begin potty training, talk about how food passes from the mouth to the stomach and further down. You can make them eat something to watch out for it as it comes out. It might sound unpleasant to you, but it is something to look forward to for your toddler.
As toddlers may not chew food as well as older children, you should try and explain the process. The next time you clean their nappy, talk to them about why it is necessary to use the toilet. Then take them to the bathroom and teach them to flush. You can even say something like, “Goodbye, poo!” to make your baby more excited about the process.
3. Talk about the body
Talking about the human body’s functions is key to helping your toddler understand how they pee and poop. Toddlers act on stimuli and do not think enough to process what is happening, and hence defecate or urinate when they feel like. To help them use their potty seat actively, they must be aware of digestion, hydration, and other bodily sensations, which you can explain in simple terms that they understand.
If you have a pet, show your toddler how the pet eats something and then excretes it after some time. Also, show them how the pet goes outside or uses a litter box to relieve itself. When the baby understands the process, they will also understand the importance of going to the bathroom, making the transition easier.