Potty training tips for you and your child
Potty training tips for you and your child – potty training is a huge milestone for both child and parents, and getting it right takes patience and perseverance.
Most parents ask the same question: “when is the right time to start potty-training?” Although many kids begin potty training from between the ages of two and three years old, all children are different. The emotional readiness of your child, will determine whether or not he/she is ready to begin potty training. Boys also tend to start potty training later than girls.
If your child’s nappy stays dry for more than two hours in a day, can sit on or rise from a potty chair or communicates with you in some way that he/she needs to go, then he/she may be ready. Also pay attention to your child’s interest in using the toilet or potty. How well they can understand and follow basic directions is an important factor to consider before starting to potty train.
Try to ensure that your child becomes aware of the potty and its purpose, before you start teaching him/her to potty train. Filling the potty with the contents of a dirty nappy will teach them that poop belongs in the toilet. Allowing your child to see a family member using the toilet whilst explaining its purpose could help them to understand better – kids learn best by following their parents actions.
Now that you have made the decision to start potty training your child, here are some tips to help you along the way:
- Have a potty (or urinal for a boy) readily available for your child. Encourage him/her to sit on the potty – with or without a nappy.
- Consistency is key! Make sure that you let your child’s school know that your he/she is potty training so that they can continue the training at school.
- Even if your child just sits there, praise him/her for trying.
- Any sign of your child needing the toilet, requires a quick response. When you notice him/her squatting or squirming, stop what you are doing and respond.
- Teach girls to wipe carefully from front to back to avoid the spread of germs.
- Allow your child to flush, this makes it fun for them and teaches them good hygiene habits. Don’t forget to make sure they wash their little hands afterwards too.
- Be positive even if a trip to the toilet isn’t successful.
- Once your child has used the toilet a few times successfully, it’s time for training nappies (pull-ups) or underwear. Dress your child in clothing that is easy to lift up or pull down (avoid belts or dungarees).
- Use disposable training nappies during the night and consider using a mattress cover in case of accidents during sleep time.
- Night time potty training takes longer, so don’t rush your child into mastering it as quick as with day time potty training.
- If your child is not getting the hang of potty training within a few weeks, don’t pressure them. Rather take a week or two break and then try again.
- Last but not least, accidents are bound to happen – don’t get upset when your child has an “oopsie”.
Good luck with the potty training process and congratulations to you and your little one, for reaching an exciting new milestone.
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