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POTTY TRAINING 101 - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT POTTY TRAINING

June 22, 2018

POTTY TRAINING 101 - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT POTTY TRAINING

I know that changing diapers can be annoying, and most of us can’t wait to dump this part of our lives. Surprisingly, some parents are eager about potty training just to mark the milestone in their child’s development. Sorry to disappoint you: unlike changing diapers, Potty training can not be rushed. Sure, some kids master it in a few weeks, but others may take longer. To further complicate the topic, there is no specific age for potty training. But most children develop the necessary physical and cognitive skills between 18 to 24 months of Age, while most parents prefer to wait till their is 2.5/3 years old.

 

Is your child ready for potty training?

We have identified different signs to checklist your child’s readiness for a potty adventure. This does not mean you have to check off every item before inception. Just look for similar trends towards toilet independence.

Potty training depends more on your child’s readiness than his age.

 

“Is your child coordinated enough to walk or run steadily? Does he sleep at least 2 hours before bed-wetting?

Does he have an excretory routine? Can he sit down quietly in one position for one to five minutes? Does he show interest in others’ bathroom habits [want to watch you go to the bathroom]? Does he give a physical or verbal sign before he excretes? Can he follow simple instructions like ‘Go and bring the toy’? Is he open to learning to use the toilet?”

 

The Perfect Equipment

Positive reviews to the above observations means you are heading in the right direction. Otherwise, you need to employ more patience. This is when friends might start suggesting you get a potty trainer, It is important that you do your research well so as to nab the right equipment. There is no perfect equipment. Try investing in a child-size potty chair or a special adapter that attaches to your regular toilet.

You might want to try the Disney duck potty or the Froggy Potty.

 

 

 

Commitment and consistency

Create a routine. Set your child on the potty seat, fully clothed, once a day – after breakfast, before his bath, or whenever else he's likely to excrete. This helps him get used to the potty and accept it as part of his excretory routine. If there's not a bathroom nearby, bring your child's portable potty outside, to the playroom, or wherever he usually is. Once he's fine with this routine, have him sit on the potty bare-bottomed. Again, let him get used to how this feels. At this point, let him know that pulling down your pants before using the potty is a grown-up thing to do, and that it is what Mommy and Daddy do every day. If sitting on the potty with or without clothes is upsetting to your child, don't push it. Never restrain him or physically force him to sit there, especially if he seems scared. It's better to put the potty aside for a few weeks before trying again. Then if he's willing to sit there, you know she's comfortable enough to proceed.

 

Demonstrate

Children learn by imitation, and watching you use the bathroom is a natural way for him/her to understand what using the toilet is all about. If you have a son, it's simpler to teach him to pee sitting down at first. When he's mastered that, he can watch his dad, older brother, or friend pee standing up – he's bound to get the hang of it quickly with just a little encouragement.

 

Explain

Show your child the connection between pooping and the toilet. The next time he poops in his diaper, take him to the potty, sit him down, and empty the diaper into the bowl. If he wants to, let him flush so he can watch his faeces disappear. (Don't force him if he's scared.)

 

Encourage

Encourage your child to sit on the potty whenever he feels the urge to go. If he needs help getting there and taking off his diaper, make sure he knows it's okay to ask you any time. Tell him he can use the potty whenever he wants to, and occasionally remind him that it's there if he needs it. Sometimes kids won't sit on the potty long enough to relax and let anything come out. Calmly encourage your child to stay put for at least a minute or two. You may have better luck if you keep him company and talk to him or read him a book. When your child uses the potty successfully, shower him with praise to give him positive reinforcement as he masters potty training.

 

Night Training

Duly, he will able to stay dry through out the day. However, don't sell those diapers to us just yet. Even when your child is consistently clean and dry all day, it may take several more months, or even years, for her to stay dry all night. At this age, his body is still too immature to wake him up in the middle of the night reliably just to go to the bathroom. It's normal for kids to continue wetting the bed well into age five. Before embarking on night training, keep your child in a diaper at bed time, but encourage him to use the potty if he has to pee or poop during the night. Inform him that if he wakes up in the middle of the night needing to go, he can call you for help. You can also try putting his potty near his bed so he can use it right there. Also try to remember, Bed-wetting is involuntary, and children have no control over it.

 

You can now jump for joy, you are done. Remember the key skills to a successful potty training is patience, patience, perseverance, and more patience. Check out more baby potties and potty equipment below:

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