Potty training is a huge milestone for both parents and toddlers. It’s time for the child to learn his/her primary body signals and for the parent, it’s time to save on buying diapers.
Some parents might choose to rush into it thus making the whole experience frustrating for the toddlers. However with enough patience and proper timing, both the parent and child should get through it just fine. Try out some of these toddler potty training tips for the best results.
Remember, potty training can be successful if the child is emotionally and physically ready to do it. There is no particular age for doing it, but most parents start around 18 months. If it’s started too early, the child takes longer to learn thus making the whole process frustrating.
Parents who are not sure whether their children are ready for potty training should find out in the following ways.
• By checking whether the toddlers are interested in the toilet, the potty or whether they love wearing underwear.
• Is the toddler able to follow basic directions or understand everything he/she is told?
• Can the child understand the body signals thus being able to express through gestures or words whether it’s time to use the potty?
• Can the child go for 2 hours or more without wetting the diaper?
• Is the child constantly complaining about dirty or wet diapers?
• Can the child pull up or down his/her pants effortlessly?
• Is the child able to sit or stand up from the potty effortlessly?
If most of the answers are yes to the above question, then the toddler is ready to start potty training. On the other hand, the parents might want to wait a little longer especially if the child is not receptive to new change. Note that, if the toddler is entirely opposed to potty training currently, he/she might be open to it in a few months.
Toddler Potty Training – Doing It Right
Once the parent is confident about the child’s emotional and physical readiness, it’s time to start potty training. During the whole process, both the parent and child should maintain a positive attitude. The first step is placing the potty in the bathroom or anywhere else where the toddler spends most of his/her time.
The parent needs to teach the child to go to the toilet using simple terms. Remember, at that age, toddlers might learn effectively through imitation. Therefore, the parent should allow the child to watch him/her in the bathroom by placing the potty next to the toilet. That way, the child understands the use of the toilet.
Lastly, the parent needs to watch out carefully for any signs that the child needs to go to the bathroom. For instance, the toddler might start squinting his/her face or shouting at the top of his/her voice. Some children also start fidgeting once they need to use the bathroom. If that’s the case, make sure that the child is not wearing constricting clothes that might make it hard to use the potty effectively.