Ideas and Methods to
Potty Training Toddlers
Potty Training ... Is Your Child Ready?
A child may be ready to be toilet trained from as young as 18 months or as old as 3 years. Every child will be different on when he or she is ready to be trained. On average, most children are ready by the age of two to two and a half years old.
Some of the signs that indicates a child readiness for toilet training are as follows:
- Able to stay dry for a couple of hours
- Wakes up dry from sleep
- Will let you know when he or she soiled the diaper
- Can tell you when he or she wants to go to the bathroom
- Has bowel movements about the same time every day
- Able to follow simple instructions such as, "let's go and pee"
- Knows how to pull his/her pants up and down
- Able to understand simple words
In addition to the above, you can also watch out for some behavioural change in your child. When your child wants to do things himself/herself, starts imitating what the others do and learns to questions your actions, this will be a good time to start training your child.
Let the training sessions be a fun learning experience for your child. Do not rush and let your child learn at his/her own pace. This will reduce stress on both you and your child.
Give encouragement and be generous with your praises at every successful attempts at using the potty. On the other hand, do not pressure or punish your child for unsuccessful situations or accidents. You will need a lot of patience and your child will eventually learn to use the potty.
Resources for Potty Training
You can use some of the following resources to get your child prepared for the toilet training sessions:
- Books and Videos - start reading to your child about potty training as early as possible
- Training Pants - you can purchase training pants once your child is ready. Get he/she involved in the purchase to create excitement. Using cotton training pants will let your child feel the wetness and thus train faster but it is messier!
- Potty Seats & Toilets - choose a sturdy one so that your child will feel secure when sitting on it. Your child must be able to put his/her feet on the floor, eliminating any fear of falling in.
- Potty Charts - Place it on the refrigerator. Let your child know that he/she will earn a sticker on the chart whenever he/she uses the potty. Offer praises for success and give encouragement otherwise.
Useful tips on Potty Training
The following are some useful tips to be considered when you train your child:
- Keep the potty chair out where your child will see it
- Encourage practice by increasing your child's fluids intake
- Watch out for your child's bowel movement (BM) and try to leave his/her diaper off at this moment. Be more alert for this time so that you can quickly put him/her on the potty
- For BM training, do ensure your child eats lots of fresh fruit and vegetables as you want to keep his/her stools soft toavoid painful BM. Painful BM will frighten the child and he/she will associate this painful experience with the potty, thus may refuse to use the potty in future
- Offer praises and sticker on the potty chart for every successful potty use
- Do not force your child to sit on the potty. If he/she refuses, try again another time. Be patient
- Expect mistakes and accidents. Do not show anger or punish your child.
Nobody says potty training is easy. There are so many toilet training products designed and resources available to help parents go through this time. Just remember to keep this learning process fun for both you and your child.
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