5 Potty Training Tips to Help Out Your Babysitter

By Alicia Geigel on July 16, 2022

Babysitters are often tasked with a handful of different responsibilities, ranging from cooking meals and reading stories to giving baths and playing games. One babysitting task that can often get overlooked is helping the child use the bathroom if they are still in the potty-training age. Working with a child who is potty training is a heavy responsibility that can feel overwhelming if the person doesn’t know how to approach the matter.

Because of this, it’s important for parents to do their best to make this small transition as smooth and stress-free as possible for the babysitter. Because you will likely be away from the house and your child when a babysitter is hired, it is up to you to equip them with the proper tools, tricks, and tips to ensure they can do the job properly and without much fuss.

Are you a parent looking for a babysitter? Unsure of how to approach the subject of potty training with your potential sitter? Looking for some tips to offer the babysitter to help both of you in the process? Here are five effective tips to make your babysitter’s potty training experience with your child seamless!

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1. Communicate, Communicate, Communicate: Potty training is a significant milestone for both the child and the parents. It’s a transition period that signifies the child is beginning to grow and function independently. As this is important, be sure to keep the doors of communication open. It’s necessary for both you and the babysitter to openly talk about potty training, whether it’s determining if the child is ready or the varying ways to get them trained. You and your sitter may be on the same page or a completely different one, but you’ll never know unless you both share your thoughts on the situation. Communication is the key to any successful, transparent relationship between a parent and a babysitter- start here!

2. Gear Up: Now that you’ve communicated with your babysitter about your expectations and insight on your child being potty trained, the next step is to get all the equipment necessary to ensure a smooth, stress-free experience for not only your child but also for you and your babysitter. When potty training, it is most common to get a child potty that is relative to their size, which makes them more comfortable and eager to try it out. Secondly, get your child some different underwear. A blog post by Sitter City suggests, “Most kids get excited about ‘big kid pants’ or ’undies,’ so make sure they get to pick these out. Start with at least a dozen pairs.” Also, getting easy-pull pants or shorts can help your child be independent as they are easy to come off, rather than something with buttons and zippers, like jeans.

3. Help Pick Up the Signs: A huge part of helping a child get potty trained is effectively reading the signs that they have to go to the bathroom and helping them communicate that they need to do so. As toddlers have limited vocabulary and understanding of the world, let alone using the bathroom, this can be a bit of a challenging experience for babysitters, but parents can strongly help. Informing your babysitter on what signs to look for can be a huge help, or if you even have time to do it together, that’s even better.

4. Encourage a Reward System: For young children, simplicity is key for helping them learn different things, whether it be letters and numbers or even potty training. To aid your sitter in the process, encourage them to use a reward system while your child is potty training. Rewarding your child for sitting on the potty or using the potty is a good way to introduce and reinforce the habit of going to the bathroom. Morningside Nannies notes, “It’s also okay to offer incentives, like one M&M for sitting on the potty and two for using it. If you don’t like the idea of using candy, a sticker reward chart can work just as well.”

5. Consistency is Key: As children aren’t fully in a position to decide what they want or need to do on an independent level, it is important to start and develop habits that they can follow, and this includes potty training. Once you start the potty training process with your babysitter, ensure that it stays consistent and avoid reverting back to diapers or training pants. Just because your child is having a hard time understanding or is a bit fussy during the process doesn’t mean that they will never learn. Going back to old ways and being inconsistent will harm any progress you and your sitter made, which will only draw out the process and make it more difficult.

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Making the leap and helping your child potty train is already a huge deal, but doing so with a babysitter adds another level of complexity to the process. However, if you two are on the same page and they can follow these tips and tricks, the transition should be as smooth as can be!

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