We’ve produced an infographic of 7 potty fears that are quite common for children, along with simple solutions to overcome them.
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Here are the 7 potty fears …
1. Plain Ol’ Fear of Going in a Potty
This is THE most common fear that toddlers have. They will often prefer to wait until they have a diaper on to let go.
SOLUTION: Get your child to relax by distracting them from the task at hand. Make the potty a fun and familiar place. Even get them laughing!
2. Afraid that it’s going to hurt.
This may be because they are experiencing the discomfort or difficulty of constipation.
SOLUTION: More fiber in their diet. If they’re backed up, try some prune juice, or as a last resort see your pharmacist for an infant laxative.
3. Fear of the potty or toilet itself.
Your child is afraid of falling off or being sucked into the toilet. Some even fear a fish, animal or monster coming up out of it.
SOLUTION: Give your child a sense of control. Let them flush pieces of toilet paper to lessen the fear of the sound of rushing water and the sight of things disappearing.
4. Upset when poop is flushed away.
Some children believe that their wastes are part of their bodies, so this may be frightening and hard for them to understand.
SOLUTION: Explain the purpose of body wastes and the body’s need to eliminate them. And then have them wave goodbye before you flush.
5. Will only go with one person.
This is quite normal for young children in a number of settings, not just potty training. They look for familiarity and routine.
SOLUTION: If your child will only go potty with you, gradually withdraw yourself from the process. Offer to help your child undress or walk them to the bathroom, but wait outside the door.
6. Afraid of public restrooms.
Maybe they’ve experienced busy restrooms full of strangers (not entirely a bad fear to have!) It really interferes with potty training.
SOLUTION: If possible, bring their own potty or a toilet reducer seat. Stay close to them, and give lots of calm reassuring words.
7. Fear of disappointing you.
The problem with this is that stress only prevents a little one from relaxing and letting go on the potty.
SOLUTION: The answer is lots of patient reassurance from you, and don’t ever get angry or show frustration when they have an accident.
None of these potty fears is an insurmountable problem.
You just need to be patient, and apply the correct solution.