Tips to toilet train your child
When will my child learn to use the toilet?
Diapers, diapers and more diapers!
Oh no! He’s big enough now but he still doesn’t want to use the potty.
If your child is of potty training age, then I’m sure that these thoughts revolve around your mind every day.
Toilet training or potty training is a major milestone that many parents are eager for their child to reach.
In this guide, we are going to teach you:
ALL THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT POTTY TRAINING
These are the topics that are covered in this guide:
- At what age should you start toilet / potty training?
- How can you know if your child is ready?
- Methods of potty training
1. At what age should you start toilet training your child?
- Most experts agree that there is no chronological age during which it is the best time to start, and instead encourage parents to start only when they feel their child is ready.
- This usually happens around 18months to 24 months.
- However many babies are still going through potty training even at age 3 so there is nothing to worry about. Your child will use the toilet as and when he/she is ready. It is best not to rush your child and be patient instead.
Starting toilet training at an age any younger than 18 months is NOT ADVISABLE as your child simply does not possess the physical development (control of muscular movement) to retain and expulse stool or urine at will.
2. How can you know if your child is ready to use a toilet?
There are certain SIGNS which confirm that your child is ready to be toilet trained and if a majority of them occur (not necessarily all though), then you can start to toilet train your young one.
Some signs are:
- UNDERWEAR: If your child expresses interest in wearing underwear or using the toilet like other “big boys/girls”.
- ABILITY TO UNDERSTAND: If your child is able to follow basic instructions (“go to the kitchen and get a cup” “tell me when you are hungry” etc.).
- MOBILITY: If your child has no trouble sitting down and getting up.
- DRYNESS: Begins to have a dry nappy for OVER 2hrs at a time.
- DIAPER DISLIKE: Doesn’t like diapers or nappies and wants to take them off (especially when soiled).
- DEXTERITY: Able to pull up and push down his/her own pants.
- EXPRESSIVE: If your child makes certain recognizable expressions or gestures before she/he has “to go”.
3. What are some COMMON METHODS of toilet training?
This is the MOST IMPORTANT SECTION of this guide.
- THE BIG KID APPROACH:
- Get a toddler toilet seat or potty training toilet.
- Keep it in one particular spot in the house. In one corner of your bedroom is usually the best place.
- Inform him that this is a “BIG BOY’S” toilet and that when he wants to go to the bathroom he should tell you and you will help him go in it.
- This method might take your toddler longer to be toilet trained but there is less fuss and frustration and is a more relaxed approach(especially if you have a child who is fussy and likes to do things his/her own way).
- TICK TOCK SAYS THE CLOCK
- Notice the timings when your toddler needs to go.
- Get him to periodically sit on the potty accordingly.
- EXAMPLE: If your child goes every afternoon, then from 1 o clock till 3 o clock, periodically ask your child to sit on the toilet for a few minutes and if he or she cannot go then just try after another 15 minutes-20 minutes.
A close alternative to this method is to rush him to the potty when you see signs that he needs to use it.
- POTTY STORIES
- You must be thinking- “Whaaat? Potty stories? Eww… That’s sooo weird!”
- But, guess what? This is actually one of the cutest and most effective ways to potty train.
- There are a lot of story books available with POTTY THEMES.
- Get these books for your child, read them to him every night before sleeping and clap with him after the story is over.
- Tell your child that even he can become like the HERO of the book if he goes in the potty.
- CHILL! TAKE A BREAK
- If your child refuses and cries, DON’T warn and scold.
- Maybe he’s not ready.
- Hold on for a couple of weeks and then try again.
4. How should you REWARD your child?
What are the best rewards to give your child during potty training?
Here’s a list of rewards which you can choose from:
1. Cartoon Underwear
This will encourage your tot to want to wear it instead of diapers.
2. Potty Stickers
Each time your child uses the potty, make him stick one sticker on his potty. This way, the more the uses the potty, the more stickers he gets and it will make him feel good (Positive Reinforcement for Kids).
3. DO NOT USE CANDY AND CHOCOLATES
He may start crying for the chocolate and it will end up in a Temper Tantrum.
When your child has an accident, make sure that you tell your tot that it is completely normal to have accidents and that it is okay. Always keep a positive attitude. Happy Potty Training!