As a parent, we always rejoice even the smallest of small things our kids do. When our baby reaches a milestone, we celebrate it like there is no other day. Potty training is also one of such milestone parents eagerly anticipate. Each child is different and so is the time they take to master in potty training. Potty training could be stressful to the child as well as parents if it is done at an improper time and when your child is not yet ready. So, here are all the basics you need to know about helping your child to learn the skill of potty training .
1. Is your child ready?
Usually, your child will be ready for training between two and two-and-half years. But it is not the same for every child. Some children might master the skills at 18 months itself whereas others might take up to 4 years. Here are a few things which hint that your child is ready.
• Increased interest in using the potty.
• Uncomfortable in dirty diapers.
• Can dress.
• Goes to the bathroom on a schedule.
• Can follow simple instructions.
• Can stay dry for a longer period of time.
2. Buy the child-size potty chair or potty seat:
Investing in the right equipment is utmost important. This encourages the child to show interest in potty training.
If you are planning to buy a potty seat or adapter seat, make sure it is comfortable and secure and buy a step stool with it. Step stool helps your child to empty bowel and bladder completely.
3. Create routine:
Make a routine of making your child sit on the potty seat every day at the time when he usually has his bowel movement. And no matter where you are (inside the house or outside the house) make sure to carry the potty training equipment with you and make your child sit on that during his bowel movement time. At first, let him sit with his clothes on. Once the child gets used to it, you can make him sit pulling down the pants. But if your child is reluctant to use the equipment, don’t push him. Put away the training equipment for a few weeks till you feel he is ready.
4. Demonstrate potty training:
Children usually learn by imitation. It is always best for parents to teach potty training to their children by demonstrating. They learn by looking at the parents using the bathroom. While demonstrating, it is best to talk to your child about how you get to know you should go to the bathroom, how you use the bathroom. Also demonstrate about pulling down the pants, wiping with toilet tissue after the bowel movement, pulling up the pants and washing the hands.
5. Teaching hygiene:
While potty training, it is very important to teach about keeping clean to your child. Instruct your child to wipe from front to back, to flush and to wash their hands with sufficient soap and water long enough. To make your child excited about washing hands, you can buy sparkly, kid-friendly soap or hand wash.
6. Offer praises and rewards:
When potty training your child, accidents might happen. Even at the age of 5 or 6, they might soil their pants or get wet or may not stay dry whole night. But never punish your child for these accidents. That will make him scared and averse him from potty training. Instead, offer your child praises and rewards each time your child follows the instructions and uses potty training equipment successfully. The rewards could be as small as a sticker. Prepare a stickers chart and offer your child a reward each time he uses potty properly.