Here’s what you can do to pave the way for success once your child is developed ready for potty training. You may have noticed that you’ve been changing fewer diapers lately and your little one usually stays dry during nap time. So When to start potty training?
These indicate, along with other signs, that it’s time to dive into the world of potty training. Patience and an awareness that all tots reach this ever-important milestone at their own pace is the key to potty training success. Different strategies work with different kids but generally, these tips do the job.
How will I know my toddler is ready to be potty trained & When to start potty training?
If your little one is not ready for potty training developmentally, even the best toilet tactics will fall short. Wait for these surefire signs to start your tot:
You’re changing fewer diapers… Toddlers still pee frequently until they’re about 20 months old, but once they’re able to stay dry for an hour or two, it’s a sign that they’re developing bladder control and getting physically ready for potty training.
Bowel movements are getting more regular. That makes it easier when it’s time to pull out the potty in a pinch.
The little one goes to the bathroom more vocally. Potty training is on the horizon when the child starts transmitting peeing and pooping by verbalizing or telling you through his facial expressions.
The kid sees dirty diapers (and doesn’t like them. Your little one may suddenly decide she doesn’t want to hang out because they’re gross in her dirty diapers. Yay! -Yay! Your child turns her nose on stinky diapers just as you do, and is prepared to use the potty instead.
How old should my toddler be when I start potty training?
Children are generally not ready to train potty before the age of 2 and some kids may wait until 3 1/2. It’s important to remember not to pressure your child and be careful before he’s ready.
And remember all children are different. If he’s far into his 3s before he gets the hang of potty training, your child isn’t developmentally lagging.
Tips on preparing your toddler for potty training
She’s giving all the signs potty training methods are going away. But don’t donate that diaper stash just yet — there’s still work to be done.
These tips can help to make a smooth transition to an active phase of toilet training:
Play positive pottying ups. Highlight the benefits of using the toilet before your first diaper-free trial period. You could say, “Wearing underwear is nice!” or “Wearing underwear is fun!” or “You can flush pretty soon, just like Mommy and Daddy!” However, don’t knock diapers or call your child’s old habits babyish — which could spark your tot’s opposing streak and lead to real opposition.
Establish standard bathroom talk. Some experts recommend using formal words (defecate, urinate) rather than slang so that when they’re older children won’t be embarrassed by baby terms — but what’s more important is being consistent in your use. And never refer to the contents of your child’s diaper as “smelly” or “gross;” if she views elimination as a natural, no-“yucky “process, she will be much more comfortable with toileting.
Comment grown-up behaviour in general. Let your child know you are helping her burgeoning maturity by encouraging accomplishments like drinking from a cup without spilling and sharing a friend’s toys. However don’t demand too much sophistication — if she feels pressured to perform, she will begin to yearn for the simpler baby days (and act accordingly).
Dress up for good potty workout. Get used to dress your kid in the right potty training clothes (pants that come up and down without fiddling — no overalls or awkward buttons), and then practice the all-important pull-down manoeuvre.
Ask your kid to pull her pants down before changing the diaper, and then pull them back up afterwards.
Explain to the baby how to use the potty. Toddlers tend to imitate and it’s no different to the shower. Sure, you might demonstrate how to squat, scrub, and flush your kid, but it’s much more effective — not to mention efficient — simply bringing her to the bathroom and shows.
Nonetheless, not all parents leave easily with their modesty, so don’t feel bad about missing this step if it’s not quite your pace.
Bridge the gap between diapers and the potty. If possible, in the room where her potty is stashed, change the diapers of your tot — this subtly reinforces the connection between the two. Take her to the toilet after she has a poopy diaper, so she can watch you remove the contents. If the flushing sound scares her, only dump and flush later.
Choose the right potty Look for a durable model and don’t tip over when your child jumps up to check her progress. (Shop together for the potty and wrap it as a “gift” for an added dose of excitement) Or opt for a potty seat! Some kids baulk at the potty “baby,” and ask instead to use the “grown-up” one.
In that case, purchase a potty seat that just attaches to the toilet. Look for a stable fit — a shaky seat can spur a child back into slides for weeks — and a built-in footrest that offers something to counteract during bowel movements.
Tips on starting potty training with your toddler
Potty training is an immense achievement and a rollercoaster ride for many parents, but take comfort in the fact that you’ve laid the groundwork and now it’s time to use that potty!
Turn to pull-ups. Play it safe with the disposable variety while your child’s only starting on the potty. He can pull them down like underpants but they compress like diapers in the event of an accident and can be taken off instead of pulling over his feet.
Try switching to washable cotton training pants after your little one has enjoyed a few accomplishments on the potty.
Let her bare her bottom. To increase your child’s awareness of the signals from her body, allow her to scam around (in a private yard or room with a lovable floor) with her lower half unclad.
It is difficult to ignore urine when there is no diaper to hold it inside. Hold the potty near, so that your child can easily respond to the signals from her body.
Watch carefully. You might be better at detecting the signals from his body than he is at this point. Look for tell-tale signs (such as fidgeting or straining) and ask gently when you suspect that he must go. Even if you’re too late, and he’s done the deed already, still have him sit on the potty to reinforce the link.
Keep her motivated. Remind her that she’s growing up using the potty. At first, a small, tangible incentive can also help — try to put a sticker on the calendar or a penny in the piggy bank for every success.
It is best to phase out the incentives as she becomes more confident using the potty and let her inner encouragement take over.
Teach him to check for dryness. It provides it with an additional sense of control. Give him a pat on the back (or a big hug) if he’s dry but don’t blame him if he’s wet
Be patient. It can take several weeks for even the most enthusiastic kid to master potty training skills — often with as many steps backwards as forward. If your expectations are unreasonable, you may lose her confidence in yourself.
Don’t scold, shame or punish. No parent likes to mop up a puddle of pee, but try to stay cool. If you overreact, you may be avoiding future attempts on your kid.
Cut the nagging. Keep it casual when you’re reminded of using the potty to your tot — nagging will only cause resistance. Likewise, don’t force him to sit on the potty or stay on it — even if you know he’s about to be void. (Hey, you can take your pony to the potty, but in the end, it’s his choice to use it.)
Don’t deny drinks. Many parents are reasoning that by rationing fluids, they will cut the chances of an accident for their toddler. But that approach is unfair and unhealthy — let alone ineffective. Indeed, the better tactic is to step up the fluid intake of your child to give her more chances of success.
Avoid a bathroom battle. Squabbling about going into the potty would certainly prolong the battle. When you experience total resistance, throwing in the towel (and the toilet paper!) for a few weeks is safest.
Patience. Do not bring up the subject or compare it to peers who are already in underpants while you wait for your child to come around.
Potty training generally doesn’t come easily or without bumps, so don’t understate the process. It’s all about waiting in your toddler for signs of readiness, setting the stage and plunging in.
While the idea of ditching the diapers is thrilling, you should use your parental endurance to get there. But don’t despair. Potty training may seem endless to your toddler, yet sooner or later your little one gets the hang of it and outgrowing diapers. Good luck!
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