Here’s how you can help your child use the potty…
While it’s not a process many parents look forward to, the results are well worth the effort! Here are some tips that will make it easier for you and your child to make the toilet transition.
Mums, remember that when potty training, your child is actually learning a new skill! It is important that you move forward at a pace that your child is comfortable with.
Although this can be a tedious process, avoid getting frustrated; rather, show patience towards your tot, helping him or her achieve this milestone.
According to the National Health Services (NHK) in England, bladder and bowel control occurs in children when they are physically prepared; and most children are able to control their bowels before the bladders.
Children stop pooping at night by the time they are one year old. Their developed desire to stay dry and clean is also instrumental for a child to successfully use the toilet.
Toilet training from your child’s point of view
An article on healthychildren.org points out that toilet training children can be likened to adults mastering driving skills with a manual transmission.
The toilet training process requires the child to learn to synchronize a similarly complex combination of physical and cognitive tasks. The child needs to be acquainted with the body and its functions, and simultaneously correlate the sensations in the body with appropriate responses.
Using memory and concentration, the child must visualize what is to be done, make a plan to reach the toilet, use it, and also stay there to complete the task. Comprehending the explanation and instructions from the caregiver is another important part of this process.
Is your child ready for toilet training?
The physical and emotional readiness of your child is a crucial factor in successful toilet training. Physically, a child is ready when he or she has developed muscle control over bowel and bladder. Although this may happen at the age of 18 months in most children, emotional readiness may take longer.
According to med.umich.edu, the average age for children to display readiness is 18 to 30 months and that for girls is 29 months whereas the same for boys is 31 months. Most kids get trained to use the toilet by the age of 36 months.
By the age of twelve to eighteen months, children can sense the inner fullness and that it results in bowel movement. Parents can make a comment about poop or pee at this stage, which will reinforce the awareness and get the child to think about using the toilet.
Children show this readiness in their behavior. According to an article from the University of Michigan and one on webmd.com, mums need to look for certain signs in their children to determine whether their little one is all geared up to master this new skill.
Understand the physical and emotional readiness of your child…
The child may express readiness in various ways like showing discomfort over a dirty diaper; and by the age of two years he or she might develop a complete interest in the body, especially the excretory organs.
Around this time, you can help the child by explaining the body parts and their functions. This will help in making the child think about the elimination process. Look for these physical and emotional signs in your child to begin potty training…
●Bowel movements fall into a schedule
●Your child manages to stay dry for two hours or more which is also an indication that his or her bladder is developing the ability to store urine
●Facial expressions, grunting or squatting display the awareness about urinating or defecating
●Your child can identify and communicate bladder getting full or bowel movements
●Your little one has mastered basic motor skills that will help the child walk to the potty, pull his or her pants down, get on the potty, and so on
●Your tot has achieved the skill to communicate; that is, he or she can express his needs and is able to comprehend words indicating the toileting process
●Your child tells you when his diaper is dirty and asks to change it or when he or she wants to wear underwear instead of diapers
●Your little one is eager to please
●Your child can follow simple, verbal instructions
●Your little angel is interested in imitating adults or older children
Here’s how you can help your child start using a potty…
●You can begin by getting your child used to a potty. Encourage your tot to sit on it fully clothed. Continue till the child gets comfortable with the potty.
●Put soiled diapers in the potty to show what it is used for.
●Lead the child to potty a few times in the day and encourage him or her to sit on the potty without the diaper, especially after meals.
●Create a routine of ‘sitting’ times, gradually increasing the frequency and duration as well.
●You may also want to get a potty book or make up a potty song to help explain the process and make things fun.
Mums, you need to know this while potty training your little one…
Remember not to feel pressurized to begin too early because your child will only take longer in that case. It is not advisable to begin during or turn this into a stressful period for either or both of you.
Help your child feel control and independent during the process and make him or her actively participate. Use practical, simple and straightforward language while discussing it and avoid negative words, connotations, and sentiments.
Last but not least; don’t forget to praise your child every step of the way!