Diapers are a real blessing. They are easy to wear. To add, they are disposable; so you are spared the trouble of cleaning up the messes afterwards. However, your child cannot use them for a lifetime. There comes a point when you have to initiate him into using the toilet. This is a hard transition for most parents because often it does not work out as planned. With the following 5 tips, it will only get easier.
1. Know the right time:
Moving from diapers to toilets appears easy to you, but it is both a physical and an emotional transition for your little one. The best time to start training your child is between 2 and 2 ½ years. As the parent, the best indicator for you is when your child has learnt to control his bowel movements.
2. Is he ready?
Different children show their readiness differently; for some it is earlier and for some it is late. So, you’ve got to take the chance. Introduce your little one to the toilet. If he resists, stop. He is not ready. Start only when your child is receptive and eager to do it himself. When the toilet training sessions become a struggle with your child, it will take longer and will be more frustrating.
3. Positive reinforcement:
For every successful potty session, praise your child and give him a reward. These words of encouragement will bolster him inwardly and he will be more willing to use the toilet the next time. You could give your kid stickers, stamps, a new toy, sweets or something he likes. Conversely, if he gets it wrong, don’t scold.
4. Explain how it is done:
You need to talk to your child about how the toilet works and how to use it. If you have a boy, ask your husband or an uncle to help out. Tell your child that he or she should inform you when he feels the need to urinate or pass a stool. You can use terms such as “pee” or “poop” that are more familiar to him. Also, take note of cues that tell you your child needs to use the toilet such as turning red, grimacing, grunting or searching for a private place. You can take him to the toilet immediately. If you do this repeatedly, he will soon associate the feeling with the action.
Teach your child how to remove clothing and underwear before he gets to the toilet seat. As he sits on the toilet seat, give him a toy to play with or a book to read. Teach your child how to flush the toilet. Instruct him that he must wash his hands after using the toilet.
5. Get the right gear:
When looking for strategies on how to potty train, you must stock up on the right gear. It will make the process easier. The first thing you need to buy is an independent potty or a child seat or potty fits into your regular toilet. They make your child feel more secure and comfortable when sitting on the toilet. You can also replace diapers with disposable training pants. Keep a stool just below the toilet to support his legs.
The three keys on how to potty train your child includes praise, patience and perseverance. So, give it some time and you will be successful.