It’s Time for Potty Training: A Practical Guide for Parents

One of the most exciting and at the same time challenging parts of being a new parent is potty training. It’s necessary for parents to learn more about potty training to go about it more effectively. Here are some answers to parents’ common questions.

When do you know when it’s time?
Potty training usually starts anytime from 18 to 36 months. But age is not the sole determining factor for starting with the training. Knowing if your child is emotionally ready is a lot more important. You know that your child is ready when he starts signaling for wet or soiled diaper. This means, that he already has an inkling about urinating and defecating.

If your child begins to show interest in a potty chair or toilet like when he seems to want to sit down on it, it can also be a sign. A more obvious indication is when your child signs or signals that he wants to go to the potty. Other signs include the following: your child starts to understand and follow directions, your child can stay dry 2 hours or longer during the day, and your child pulls up his pants down and up again.

How should I prepare my child for potty training?
First, you need to make your child comfortable inside the bathroom. You can discuss what the toilet is for and even show him how the toilet flush works. Then you can begin with the actual training by placing the potty chair in the bathroom. Choose a model that comes with a removable top so that it can also be used on the toilet when your child is ready for that.

Encourage (but not force) your child to sit on the potty chair. See to it that his feet are rested on the floor. You can further make him understand how the process works by dumping the contents of his diaper to the potty chair. Schedule for potty breaks during the day. You can also lead your child to the bathroom when you see signs that he is about to urinate or defecate. A weird look on his face, squirming on his seat, or holding his genitals are some common indications that he’s about to answer a call of nature.

What are other helpful tips for potty training?
When your child achieves success for the first time, make sure to shower him with praises and compliments. Incentives work well on reinforcing proper behavior and attitude. In line with that, don’t be too negative on your child. Don’t pressure him to use the potty trainer if he’s not ready for it yet. If he has an accident, don’t make a big fuss about it. Scolding or punishing your child can traumatize him and may even cause bladder problems when he grows up.

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