Potty Training – A sure guide to success
FIVE EASY STEPS to make your baby potty trained!The best way to make children good is to make them happy. –Oscar Wilde Click To Tweet
Are you worried about your baby not yet potty trained? How to make him/her sit on the potty sit? In what frequency should you ask for going to toilet?
What can make him/her do it properly? Are you tired by waking up at night frequently due to wet bed? Well, you are not alone, there are thousand of parents who are in the same boat searching for these answer to help babies get potty trained faster. Three things you need to keep in your mind before you start reading further is:
- You have to be patience with your child at all times.
- Each & every Baby is different.
- Incentive, bribery & fun element is proven helpful in potty training.
If you try to follow the five steps guide suggested here, I am quite confident your baby will be happily trained without any trouble. Keep on reading…..
1. When is the right time to start training your baby?
There is no age bar for babies as its more related to their mental, physical and emotional readiness. Some babies start toilet training as early as 18 months and some babies may, when they reach four.
Ask following questions to yourself first to assess if you are ready to start potty training.
- Does your baby feel irritated with wet & dirty pants/diapers?
- Can your baby express with hands or actions or postures that he/she needs to go to the toilet.
- Can your baby understand the basic instruction following and commands?
- Have you checked your child’s frequency of going for pee and poop?
- Does your child sit & rise from potty seat or toilet seat?
- Does your child show interest in going for pee & potty?
If answers to more than 3 questions are yes, you are ready to start with the toilet training.
2. Choosing the right SEAT
- Next would be to choose between potty seat or toilet as it is. Initially with colorful potty seats available in market, babies can enjoy this new routine. You can take that fold-able, portable small seat along in your car if you are traveling. You can find out some really cool potty seats to buy online Here .
- You can encourage your child with stickers or some other fun elements, every time he/she lets you know in advance to go to the toilet.
- Every time you praise your baby for doing it right will help enhancing their confidence to learn fast.
- It is important that baby should be able to hold the seat independently eventually. Initially you need to help him/her so choose the equipment accordingly.
- Make your child do some decoration on his/her potty seat to make potty training exciting for him/her.
- If your baby is resisting or crying, for first few weeks with potty seat, you should leave the training for some period. May be its not yet the right time.
- You can make some stories in the mean time on why going for potty is important & will be needed in future.
3. Frequency Matters
- It will be best to start the potty training just beginning of summer time as frequency reduces and it becomes easy to train.
- When its long way till summer, you can start asking your baby every hour to see the need for toilet.
- Its good time to put alarm clocks in use now for something other than morning wake up call.
- You start looking out for signs including holding legs together, force expression on face, touching the bottom area etc to know if baby wants to go. At this time stop doing everything you are on and rush to the toilet. Make sure you also start teaching to flush & wash hands as part of the ‘one activity’. Hygiene and cleanliness lessons are very important. Small kids especially girls are prone to catch urinary tract infection during early years.
- Usually for kids day time frequency is high for pee than night time. You can start with day time training first so your child gets proper sleep at night in diapers.
- For night time training, you can start after few days of checking the confidence level in your kid. Start waking up every two hours initially. It will reduce to once at night for most kids after couple of months.
- When you start night training, make sure you use disposable or leak-proof covers on mattress as accident might happen due to sleep time.
- First thing in the morning, take him/her to the toilet immediately.
- For potty, you can start noting the timing & frequency for few days. After that, make sure you make him sit on the potty sit before bath to train on a daily basis
4. Accident or missing to tell you may happen
- It is common during initial potty training phase that baby busy playing or watching TV may forget to tell you about his/her need. Try not to be angry. You may also forget to remind your baby to go for toilet.
- So keep your calm and raise the frequency accordingly.
- If you are going some where out, carry potty seat or make him wear diapers if you are too embarrassed about it.
- You can make your baby understand & teach him/her about how to inform you when you are outside.
- Always keep extra pairs of underwear/diapers and other cleaning supplies in your baby bag while traveling.
- Never scold or compare your child’s behavior of not telling you in front of everyone. This will demoralize and cause loss of confidence in your baby.
- Interesting stories and incident or observation of using toilet facility by siblings may encourage your child for faster toilet training.
5. How can Day Care facility help with potty training
- If you are planning to keep your baby at day care facility during his/her potty training phase, you may want to to check the following.
- Do they allow kids who are not yet potty trained?
- Is the staff and all care givers at the school friendly and equipped to handle such kids?
- Do they encourage your child to come without diapers and ready to help with potty training at regular intervals?
- Are the toilets well equipped for small kids?
- If answers to above questions are mostly yes, your baby is surely in a very good hands for potty training period.
- Initially you can call every few hours to remind the staff about that.
- In case of frequent misses or emergency, always keep extra diapers, underwear in your baby’s bag.
After spending around six months, if the child is not yet ready or doesn’t show any interest to get trained or crying a lot, you may want to discuss the matter with child’s doctor and get the advise.
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