Potty training is not the easiest task for a parent. It can be met with a lot of emotion for the child and for the parents. It is a huge step in a child’s life and they will be incredibly proud of themselves once they have done it on their own. By following these steps and tips, potty training can be made much easier.
How Do You Know When It’s Time
Timing is everything when it comes to potty training. Many children have shown signs that they want to be like their parents and sit on the toilet. Others have shown no interest whatsoever and it may seem as if they never want to use the toilet. Potty training generally can begin around 18 to 24 months, although, it is not strange if your child waits until they are 3 years old. Sometimes starting too early can have a negative effect on the child so it is best to see what cues they have shown you in regards to wanting to use the toilet.
Take a look at how they act in the bathroom. Do they try to sit on the toilet? Can they pull their own pants and diaper down? Do they imitate you in the bathroom? When they are using a diaper, do they go for long periods of time when they are dry? Do they tell you that they need to go to the bathroom? Do they seem interested at all in using the toilet? If you have seen them doing any of these things, it is probably time to have them try to use the potty on their own. If you know that there are some major changes coming their way, it may be best to wait on the potty training. Most children who are starting school or have a new sibling have shown that using the bathroom can be problematic and emotional for them.
The Preparation Steps
One of the best ways for you to prepare your child for potty training is by getting them a potty chair. This could be the type that sits freely on the floor or on top of the toilet in your bathroom. Although, children have been known to use the free standing one more because it does not make them feel nervous to use the big one. The less nervous they are, the easier it will be to toilet train them.
The potty chair does not even need to be in the bathroom. It can be placed in an area that is comfortable for the child. Generally a child will use it if they like the area it is in and feel safe using it there. Many parents will place it in the playroom because that is where their child spends the most time. Also, let your child know that this is their special seat and no one else can use it. They are more than likely to use it frequently if they are told it is there for them and no one else.
Learning and Practice
Practice with your child by having them sit on their potty in their clothes a couple of times a day. They can get up and down as many times as they want. This will help them to feel more comfortable sitting down on the potty. Praising your child is the biggest part of toilet training. Even the smallest steps should be praised. This is a huge accomplishment for them and they need to know that they are doing it right. Every step should be celebrated.
When your child has gotten good at sitting on their potty with their clothes on, ask them if they are ready to try it with their clothes off. This will help them to get into the habit of taking their bottoms on and off. It will also make them aware of how the toilet feels on their skin. This is something that they need to feel comfortable with too. Look for the signs when your child is using their diaper. Usually they make facial expressions or sounds when doing so. If you start to see this more often, ask them if they want to try and use the potty.
Invite your child to watch you use the toilet. Have them try to sit down to go too. If they can imitate your actions, they may start to feel much more comfortable using the toilet. Remember that when your child is toilet training; dress them in clothing that is easy to remove. This is a great way for them to practice too. Make sure that everyone in your family or at your child’s school knows that they are in the process of potty training. This will get everyone on the same page and be able to help them train easier. Lastly, never leave your child in a dirty diaper. This is not a good way to train them. It could hurt their skin and it could leave a lasting effect on them that will stir them away from using the toilet.
Making It All Work
By giving your child a lot of praise, they will see that they are on their way to learning how to use the potty. There will be mistakes and accidents when the toilet training begins. These are very common at the beginning. It may be useful for just a few days to back off so that they do not feel pressured or insecure. If your child has been successful for a few days in a row, it may be time to make the switch to underwear. Many children become very happy when they get to wear “big kid” undies. If your child gets scared by the sound of the toilet flushing, do not make them do it. This is a common fear when toilet training starts and it will go away after a month or two.
Potty training can be tough, but if you follow these tips, your child will be using the toilet in no time at all!