As they get older it becomes more unpleasant sorting out soiled diapers. All a parent wants at this age is a happy go lucky child who is able to be independent. Are you ready to give up diapering? In this article you will learn all about potty training. Let start with some good news- potty training is not as daunting a task as many believe especially if you start prepared and armed with the right information.
Potty training is really about bonding with your child and helping them transition to independence, it is should not be tearful for them and frustrating for you
Signs that your toddler is ready for potty training…
- They start getting interested in the potty
- They start taking off their diapers
- They gain an interest in big kid underwear
- Consistencies in their eliminating habits and are able to stay dry for hours
- Are able to follow instructions
- Tell you anytime they want to pee or defecate
You can’t be forceful when it comes to toddlers; the best time to begin potty training is when you sense that they are ready to make the transition. Avoid starting potty training when there is another major transition such as a new sibling or moving to a new house.
How to Potty Train your toddler
STEP ONE: Gather everything you will need
The most important decision to make even before you get started I to decide whether you are going to use a potty (this the one a toddler sits on then you empty it and wash it) or whether you will go with a toddler seat which simply sits on your toilet seat to ensure your baby is safe and comfortable.
f you decide to use a toddler seat, you will also need a step stool. The key to success is having all the necessary supplies in hand.
Here are some indispensable supplies:
Potty or toddler seat
Wipes that are flushable
Comfortable toddler underwear
STEP TWO: Dedicate time to potty training them daily
Talk to your toddler calmly and in a relaxed mood about how the toilet process works. Always use simple and easy to remember words, set aside some time daily dedicated to the purpose of potty training. It takes about a week of lessons dedicated to potty training before they are ready physically and mentally to start.
the best time to begin potty training is when you sense that they are ready to make the transition
STEP THREE: Start the actual potty training
When giving lessons you will notice that your child starts becoming excited about using the potty. When excitement builds, now introduce the potty when they tell you they need to go. Ensure your child is wearing clothes that are easy to pull on and off. Approximately 15 minutes after meal times is the ideal time to sit them on the potty
- These tips will make your potty training efforts a success
Praise, praise and more praise! Every effort they make towards the right direction is worth praising. Whether you choose to them a congratulatory hug, giving them stickers or just verbally tell them, how wonderful they are for using the potty, make sure they know you are proud of every effort they make. This will fuel their motivation to try harder and get it right each time.
Distract them if they have a difficult time going #2 in the potty or toilet for the first. The best thing to do is distract them. If they love to sing then you can sing together, if they love books then get them to read when using the potty. They will defecate even without knowing they are doing it. When it comes to toddlers, will it takes to make them master something is make them do it the first time without any fear and they will probably do it next time without any help from you.
Ditch the diapers and pull ups at this point because continuing will be sending mixed messages. Encourage them to speak out every time they feel like going to the toilet. Keep in mind that if they lack a fall back plan they will naturally go along with potty training. If you want success in potty training, make it about communication and it will not only be a breeze but a great chance to bond with your little one.
Potty training is really about bonding with your child and helping them transition to independence, it is should not be tearful for them and frustrating for you. If they are really resistant about potty training, give it a break for a week or two then try again. The biggest secret to potty training? ‘When they are ready, they will’ It is that easy!