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Potty Training a Child

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Children take their own time to say goodbye to the diaper and welcome toilet seats and during this process it is important that their parents remain patient and accommodating as potty training is considered a major milestone of a child’s development.. Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions and a list of the basic potty training guidelines that will help you and your child master the skill!

Is my child ready to be trained?

The best age to start potty training of children for toilet is 2 years and above or as soon as they start walking and running steadily. Potty training also depends on your child’s readiness, girls train a bit faster than boys. Children often give a physical or verbal sign while they are having a bowel movement. Dry diaper for more than two hours or a fair amount of urination at proper intervals show that your child has a certain level of bladder control and is ready to use the toilet!

What do I need to start potty training my child?

In order to begin potty training your child what you need initially is a portable potty chair which is comfortable and secure and helps easing the fear of falling. If you want your children to use the grown-up toilet right away then make sure you keep a stool handy so its is easier and quicker for them to climb up and down the toilet seat. It is better to stay with children while they are using the toilet or you can make them sit backwards so they have something to hold on to. Disposable underpants are also a good option which can be used for a part of the day in order to start potty training your children.

Should I force my child to help him or her learn to potty? 

Rushing children out of diaper is not a good idea. Always remember that a positive and encouraging attitude works faster than pressurizing or forcing children to follow instructions. Accidents happen and it is difficult to keep your cool but this does not mean you stop the process entirely or drag your child into it. Be patient and if it becomes more like a power struggle then it is best to retreat for a while and try again after a month or two.

The Basic Guidelines:

  • It is important you check your child’s diaper from time to time.
  • Observe your child’s bowel movements and see if the times are predictable.
  • Teach your kids the toilet word! Poop, pee-pee, su-su etc.
  • Don’t forget to keep the ‘encouraging smile’ with the extra laundry, numerous visits to the toilet and puddle cleaning.
  • The potty chair should be placed in a convenient place so the child knows where to go when he or she feels the need.
  • Allow your children to first sit on the potty chair as a routine until they get familiar and find it comfortable to use.
  • Demonstrations are important as children learn by imitation hence it is best you ask your child’s older siblings or cousins for help.
  • Teach your child to put clothes on and off.
  • Monitor your child’s eating and drinking habits.
  • Try potty prizes, rewards, stickers, candies. Etc. It is ok to bribe your children sometimes.
  • Ask you children from time to time if they want to use the toilet.
  • Lastly! Don’t let in-laws or family pressures put you down. There is nothing like a diaper-free due date and no child goes to university wearing diapers!


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