Potty training is just one of the things we all do in life. It’s a massive milestone regarding both the boy and also you but it’s daunting to a lot of people. Why don’t we break down some of the facts and the myths for you! In this article we’ll discuss suggestions, techniques and also the inevitable mishaps that are going to occur.
Is your child ready for potty training?
Children don’t reach a magical age and then become ready to consider guidance and instructions to start training. They don’t work that way, nor do you, so search for the signs that they’re ready: regular pee and poo occasions throughout the day; declaring out loud that they’re doing a wee; starting to be interested in what mommy and dad do in the toilet; tugging up and down their pants – these are almost all basic indications that they are prepared.
They should also be able to follow basic directions, ask simple questions and stay dry for long periods during the day. If your child has the capacity to do some or all of these things, there’s a good possibility they’re ready for toilet training.
What else should you check before starting?
Children don’t like upheaval in their lives. They like set routines, being free to play and usually having a small amount of things happening at any one time. Imagine a kid in the toy store – completely overwhelmed! Well, your home life can also be like this for a child. Make sure there isn’t any distractions in his life such as moving home, a new sibling on the way or perhaps arguments among mommy and daddy. The home should be nice and calm for a period before you begin.
If you think both you and your boy are ready to start, then pick a Saturday and Sunday to get going and go for it! From here on in, don’t go back to diapers. Get the star-charts at the ready, bring a nice and peaceful attitude and go, go, go!
What you’ll need?
– A child! – A potty chair or seat or even preferably both (the potty chair for downstairs and the seat for the big toilet). Get a potty seat with a removable insert so it’s easier to clean out the poo! – Lots of loose clothes which Junior can pull up and down himself. Put a change of clothes in your vehicle and in your own bag just in case you forget and he has a little accident outdoors.
– A teddy bear or other small character that your child likes. Use this to show him how the potty works and you could even have gotten teddy do a ‘pee’ by squirting some coloured water into the potty whenever teddy ‘goes’.
How to start?
Begin by getting the boy to become comfortable with sitting on the potty. Read him his favourite story on the potty or even show him teddy located on the potty. It’s all about understanding at this stage. Any time he’s comfy sitting on it, encourage him to do it once more without their pants on. He may get a few pees like this because he is free of his diaper however get him to take a seat on it at regular times throughout the day. Do not pressure him though. Go at his pace.
Whenever he does perform a pee in the potty seat, make a huge deal about this!! Praise, praise, praise! Use a star-chart or a small edible treat. It’s all small steps at this stage. He’ll become more and more comfortable with it as he learns what happens at each step and he’ll become accustomed to it. If he doesn’t do a wee, then praise him just for sitting there and making an attempt.
Talk potty terms together with your son while he’s learning. This helps cement the idea of it in his mind and he will even start reproducing it back when he would like to go. Let your son observe daddy doing a wee (seated, daddy!) so it reinforces the act. Youngsters do exactly what they see grown-ups performing more so than what they are saying to do.
Allow him to flush the lavatory (or if using a potty chair, empty the contents into the lavatory and allow him to flush after that) and then always wash his hands, whether or not he’s done any wee or not. He has to understand that using the potty is a procedure that finishes with hand-washing. This will be significant when he progresses to doing poos in the potty and as we realize, kids stick their hands inside their mouths a great deal (!) so teach them good hygiene.
Don’t stress your kid. It has to be carried out on his time or no time. Pressurizing a kid may severely set them back a couple of months. Don’t hurry him simply because YOU are in a rush to do it. If you are, YOU’RE not prepared. You need a feeling of perspective with this stage – a few weeks in your life is practically nothing.
When accidents take place (and they will take place), brush these off as a non-event. Don’t make your child feel lousy about urinating himself. Build up his self-confidence when he does even the tiniest thing right, don’t shake him down because of a handful of accidents every now and then. Laugh about it! It’s a bit of urine, not paint!
If it’s just not happening, then there’s a possibility he’s not actually completely ready. Withdraw. Try again in a couple of months.
Lastly, smile! It’ll help to make your job less difficult.