9. Magic Water
Some “helpful” potty training tips can backfire before you can even say “flush”. Some examples include having your child face backward on the toilet and letting them use a dry erase marker to doodle on the toilet lid. Another example is putting Cheerios in the toilet bowl to give your little guy something to aim at in the bowl. However, I’ve found that these ideas encourage children to carry these behaviors outside the bathroom as well. Train them enough that coloring on the toilet lid is okay and pretty soon you’ll have marker on the wall. Or, train them that aiming for Cheerios in the toilet is fun, and your little guy will be aiming for other things around the house as well. Although there are many potty training ideas that can backfire, I think this “magic water” idea is less of a risk. Simply drop some food coloring in your bowl just before your child goes potty and let them get excited by how the water magically changes color when they use the potty like a big kid.