Potty training is one of the major milestones in the child’s and parent’s life. It is a weird one. You can not force it. The secret to success is timing and patience. The kid should be ready for this process, more or less. In their desire to train their child as soon as possible, parents often develop a false idea of their child’s abilities.
Do not worry, you will succeed at one point. I’ve never seen anyone finish college in diapers. So, there is no rush. Don’t get frustrated if things are taking a long time, because every child needs a different time to get used to it. Many children show signs of being ready for potty training between ages 18 and 24 months. But others may not be ready until they are 3 years old. And if you start early, it might take longer to train your child.
The signs that indicate your child is ready for potty training include:
– the child is interested in the potty, or walk to and sit to it
– the child understand and follow some basic directions
– the child stay dry for up to two hours
– the child communicating the need to go
– the child can pull down his or her pants and pull them up again
– the child does not like a dirty diaper
Your kid may not show all the signs, but if he or she shows a few, then maybe be it’s time for potty training.
How to help your child?
Here are some potty training tips that can help you to succeed:
– Initially place a potty in a place where the child spends more time. So the kid will see it and get used to the presence of it.
– To start, you can encourage your child to sit on the potty chair with the clothes. Talk about it with positive words. Answer the questions honestly. It is all about a positive attitude and encouragement, so do as much as possible to make this a good experience for your child.
– Let the child sit on the potty without a diaper for a few minutes at two or three hours intervals, and do this first in the morning and after naps.
– Give your child a toy to play with while he or she sits. You may have toys to use only when the child sits on the potty.
– If you notice signs that your child may need to use a toilet respond quickly. Stop what he or she does and get the child on the potty. Like this, you can help your child become familiar with these signals.
– Commend your child for telling you when he or she has to go.
If the kid doesn’t want to sit don’t force and allow him or her to get up if he or she wants. Remind your child that he or she can try again later, without pressure. Because it can get stresses and the learning effect may be negative. As a result of which the process may be delayed.
– Make it easy and use easy to remove and dress-up clothes.
– Talk about hygiene. Teach the girls to wipe from front to back, especially when going number two. Bladder infections in little girls are common but teaching proper wiping can keeping them away.
– Always make sure your child washes his or her hands afterward.
– Celebrate the transition and consider using a sticker or star chart for positive reinforcement. Try to not give kids candies after each trip to the toilet, because when the training is over they will not continue to receive them. For most kids praise will be enough.
Nighttime and nap training typically take a bit longer to achieve.
You can use mattress covers when your child sleeps. It will be much easier for you.
Before you start with potty training you can speak with your child about it as often as you can. Explain the process and talk to your kid about how awesome it will be to get out of diapers. And you can also read books about potty training.
Potty training regression:
There will be times of potty training regression, which is normal. Keep calm and be patient. Don’t scold, discipline, or shame your child, because this is new to him or her and looks a bit scary sometimes. Get prepared and keep a change of underwear and dry clothes. Keep a positive attitude and don’t let your child feel like he or she has failed. If your child resists using the potty within a few weeks, take a break and stop for a while. Maybe he or she is not ready yet. Try again in a month. If you have any questions about potty training or your child is having difficulties, you have to talk with your child’s doctor.
Whatever routine you choose to use, follow it strictly, and be permanent. Remember – the key is consistency and patience. Your readiness is also important. Try not to equate potty training success or difficulty with your kid’s intelligence or stubbornness. Accidents are pretty normal and punishment has no role in this process. Let your child’s motivation lead the process. If you are in the potty training stage you need to be fully committed to helping your kid out with it. You have to devote the time and energy to be consistent daily for a couple of months.
My daughter’s potty training
I bought a potty when my daughter was 9 months old and occasionally tried to put her sit on it. But every time she cried, she didn’t want to sit down. That’s why I didn’t insist. She used it as a toy periodically. After she turned one year old, I often left her in panties, without a diaper, but there was no result. So I kept using diapers. Every time I went to the toilet she was there with me. And I explained to her every time that she would do the same, and the procedures in detail in theory. After she got up a year and a half old, I started periodically putting her sitting directly on the potty chair in the toilet. I wasn’t very constant because I didn’t want to stress her out. I noticed that this is interesting to her. So I started every night incorporating this into routine pre-sleep procedures (about a month before her second birthday). Shortly afterward, I left her at home in the evening without a diaper, and the next day from the morning, and I periodically asked her if she was wanting to pee. From this day until now she is already without a diaper during the day and says when she needs to pee.
Everything happened very quickly and efficiently, it just seems that the right time has come and she is ready for it. I’m glad she wants to use the toilet. She picks up a toy first, then says she needs to go to the toilet. When we’re out, I have always some extra clothes for her because when she plays around sometimes she forgot to tell me on time that has to pee. She still sleeping with a diaper, and I hope will take them off soon.
*If you need some more advice and tips I would recommend checking out “potty train your child by noon” by Kim Macpherson. Her book is with easy and proven methods, also easy to read and you will have some fun with your kid!
I can give you a single piece of advice, do not worry, wait for your child to be ready for the potty training, there is no need to force the process, we do not have a deadline, every child is different and when your kid is ready it will happen very quickly and easily!
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