Almost all parents look forward to the day that their precious child will stop depending on diapers or cloth nappies, and start using the potty on their own. This is an important milestone that often seems not so easy to attain. However, with the right tips and a little bit of patience, you will watch proudly as your child goes to the potty for his/her business without you having to scream, bribe, entice, or use any other method that will get the job done. Often, a child will start using the potty at around two years or earlier, but don’t worry if yours has not started yet as there are some who grasp the concept a little bit later, and that’s okay. To make the training process easier, here are 10 potty training tips that may help out.
1. Be prepared
Purchase the potty- the first step towards effective potty training is to make sure that you are well prepared. Parents can start with a potty chair that sits on the floor rather than the one that is used on the toilet seat. The potty should then be placed where the child can interact with it often. It can be put in the child’s bedroom or the playroom before it is moved to the bathroom where he/she can be taught slowly what it is used for. Depending on your budget, look for those fancy potties that have cartoon characters and other interesting features that will familiarize your child with it.
2. Don’t rush it
Look out for signs that the child is ready to use the potty- according to NHS choices, a child can never be forced to use the potty as they will only use it when they are ready. Keep in mind that kids can only control their bowels and bladder when they are physically ready. Some of the signs that show your child is beginning to develop control of their bladder include: they are aware when their diaper is supposed to be changed, they may make announcements when relieving themselves, it takes a longer time before they have to pass urine, and they may know before time when they need to pee or poop.
3. Let the child sit on the potty
To know how it is used, let the child sit on the potty even when they have their diapers on, advises the Mayo Clinic. If there are older children in the house, let them sit on the potty as your child may end up imitating them. Emptying the contents of a dirty diaper in the potty may help the child understand what it is used for. If your child tends to have bowel movements at around the same time every day, make sure that they are seated on the potty to help them understand what they are supposed to be doing on the potty.
4. Make the process as pleasant as possible
You will only end up getting frustrated if the potty training process is stressful to your kid. Use incentives such as your child’s favorite toy or tasty treats that should be given each time the kid uses the potty successfully.
5. Come up with a routine
Most kids love a routine, and this can inspire them to use the potty effortlessly. Depending on what your child likes, you can either choose a song that will be sung every time the child uses the potty, a book that is read when the kid is on the potty or any other thing that shows them it is time for the potty.