Most parents eagerly anticipate potty training their child. To many, it is a milestone for their child’s development. However, many parents will not be prepared for the potty training experience and how long the period may last. Some children may master using the potty within a few days, while others may take some months before they start using it. It is important for the parent to have an understanding of what to expect and how to prepare to make the process easier and for better success. Parents can look for a potty training book to read. Also, below are some tips to potty training.
Potty Training Tips
It is important to assess if the child is ready to begin potty training. Children get ready at different times, and one should not be tempted to compare siblings if they have more than one child. The age can range from as early as 18 months to 3 years, though many parents begin training when their children are about 2 1/2 years. It is thus essential to look out for the signs that your child is interested and ready to start potty training. Such signs include:
• Following simple instructions
• The child can sit down and walk
• The child can pull down their pants and take them off their and put them back on
• They may also dislike the feeling wetness on themselves and may express it
It is important not to pressurize the child if they are not ready it will be futile. Also, another element will come to play. For instance, if there has been a change maybe a new caregiver, a sibling and other significant changes then it may not be a good time to start. Likewise, as the parent one needs to be ready, if there are any pressures then probably it is not a good time.
It is important to invest in equipment that is the proper size for your child. Figure out which equipment is the best before going shopping. It could be a child potty size chair or an adapter seat.
Create a schedule and routine for your child to seat on the potty. It could be before birth times, after breakfast or after meals and when they are likely to have a bowel movement. This allows the child to familiarize themselves with the potty. If they seem uneasy or they are upset do not push it. Allow the child to be comfortable.
Show how to
The next step is to teach and show your child how to do it. Demonstrate to them how to do it and encourage them. Talk them through and tell them how to do it.
In conclusion, know that they may be some setbacks and it essential that you handle them gracefully. The child may peep or poop on themselves, be graceful and show them how to do it.