Potty training can be one of the easiest tasks to achieve when done properly. Even first-time mom with no one to help out would find these strategies resourceful and timely.
The major steps to take has much to do with the readiness of your child. The timing, techniques and handling of inevitable incidents that may occur during the cause of applying these strategies plays a vital role too.
When to start potty training?
Getting successful with potty-training depends hugely on both physical and emotional readiness of your child, and not by age as a lot of people claimed. It should amaze you that some kids show interest in potty training below the ages of 3, while others might not be ready for such at 3 and beyond.
Before you embark on a potty training session with your child, below are few questions you want to make sure you have positive answers for:
- Does your child shows any sign of being interested in using a potty chair or toilet?
- Can your child follow instructions rightly?
- Does your child tell you through words if he needs to poo, or shows any facial, posture and body reactions whenever he needs to drop?
- Does your child complain when he feels the need to change his diapers?
- Is your child able to pull his pants down and pull them up on his own?
- Can your child sit and rise on a potty chair on his own?
There is a high possibility that your child is ready for potty training if your response to the above questions is mostly “yes”. If not, you might want to wait a little longer until your child shows readiness to using the potty.
When you finally decide to potty train your child, after you must have noticed the signs stated above, you need to set up a standard by maintaining a positive believe that it’s all going to work out.
If you are sure about starting when every other things are in place, here are easy procedures to follow.
Place a potty chair in the right place
You can start by placing a potty chair wherever your child spends most of his time. Gradually, you want to effect a slight change by preferably placing it in the bathroom. You also want to consider letting your child get used to its position for easy accessibility.
It is important to let you child see family members using the toilet too. This would motivate him to do the same whenever he feel pressed. Always encourage your child to sit on the potty chair so as to get used to it.
Train your child to use the right words
Help your child speak out whenever he feels the urge to go, by training him the usage of right words in this regard. Training your child with simple terms to use for this purpose will help you identify when he needs to use the potty.
Potty Training – Mastering the habit
Have your child sit on a potty chair or the toilet without a diaper for a few moment several times a day. Read him a potty training book, hang in a toy while he sits on the potty chair or toilet.
Do not leave your child to sit all alone in the bathroom so as not to feel bored and get the urge to join you in the living room.
Even when your child is sitting on the chair doing nothing, be there to offer encouraging words to him for sitting on his chair. Let him know he can always come back and try later if he’s not feeling anything coming from within.
When you begin to notice signs that your child needs to use the toilet, (squatting, holding the genital or hitting legs on the floor in discomfort etc) respond swiftly by helping your child identify these signs as the need to use the toilet as fast as he could. It is also crucial to praise your child for letting you know when he needs to ‘go’ through these signals.
For a girl child, teach her to wipe carefully from front to back when done using the toilet. This tip is to help prevent bringing those unseen germs from the rectum to the bladder or other genital areas.
Also, allow your child do the flushing while you watch and give steps to get it done with ease. It is also worth mentioning to help your child learn how to wash her hands afterward.
Be positive with your praises when your child shows improvement in the potty training journey.
Finally, when you understand how your child responds to the training towards using the potty, you would be able to determine when to call it quit. In a case where your child resists using the potty toilet or chair at any point in time, talk them into it or better take some time off if they persist.
Usually your potty training session with your child should be effective (and over) within a week if the above stated strategies are dully followed.