Potty training is an important new skill for your child to learn and a key milestone in their development. When learning something new, it will take time. No two children are alike when it comes to potty training. Parents need to be patient and let them go at their pace.
When to Start Potty Training?
A question most parents will ask, especially first-time ones, is when is it right to start potty training my child?
While most parents believe the right time to start potty training is between 2 and 2 and a half years old, this may not be the case for yours.
As your child grows, they will naturally build up control over their bladder and bowels. By 1 year old, most babies will have stopped doing poos at night and, by 3 years old, most children should remain dry with the occasional odd accident.
Staying dry throughout the evening can be difficult, especially when they’re young. This may take some time and you can expect some accidents.
How can you prepare your Child for Potty Training?
Even if your child is not quite ready, it is good to prepare and get them ready.
Besides having a potty on standby to start training, these can be a way which you can introduce the potty to your child. Being a new addition to any room, they would be naturally quite curious. This creates an opportunity to start a conversation about its purpose and going to the toilet.
It is important to talk to your child about these things, that they understand wee and poo. Talk to them about nappy changes during them, explaining what you are doing and why you are doing this.
A useful tip is to change their nappies in the bathroom at home and incorporate the facilities with the change. Having your infant flush the toilet and wash their hands afterwards can help
What do you need to start Potty Training?
You will need a good potty. As this would be something your child will be using for some time, it is important to consider that this is a product that they’ll be using for awhile. Long after they’ve mastered using the potty themselves, it would be sometime before they’re big enough to use the toilet without some extra help.
A handy potty training product families should have is a travel potty. With a simple hinge mechanism, it is easily attached to both toilets and potties. Whether you’re out or at home, you do not need to interrupt your child’s potty training.
So how do you Begin Potty Training?
The key to potty training is routine and patience.
Much like using nappies, your child and its body will have routine when it comes to eating, digestions and going to the ‘toilet’.
Set up a regular routine of your child sitting on the potty after meals. Most young children would need to go to the bathroom after eating and digesting. Some gentle encouragement may be needed to build their confidence and praise on a ‘job’ well done would also be welcomed.
Naturally, there will be accidents and slip-ups throughout your child’s potty training. It is important not to get angry or upset as this can discourage them from trying again. Simply clean up any mess and carry on.
The right clothes can help this. Having trousers that are simple to take off on their own can make going to the potty easier and can prevent accidents. Over time, your child will become more confident and more independent with occasional accidents.