Even before your youngster is ready to try the potty, you can start the preparation for potty training. When it comes to potty training, pediatricians and potty specialists shared their advice.
Make a List of Everything You See
In order for your child to be successful at potty training, they must acquire not just physical but also cognitive and emotional skills. A child is ready for potty training when he or she can go two hours or more without a wet diaper, maintain a regular bowel movement pattern, walk to the potty, put on and take off his or her trousers independently, and sit on the potty without assistance.
It’s also crucial to show evidence of emotional preparation. Children who are interested in remaining dry and clean and who are comfortable using the potty, are more likely to succeed in this endeavor.
Finally, a child’s cognitive readiness aids in the comprehension and communication of this new process. In addition to knowing when to go (or has already gone), a child who is showing indications of constipation may also communicate that she has to go and follow simple instructions like washing her hands before going to the restroom.
It’s possible that your child may be ready even if you don’t observe any of these symptoms. Parents tend to look for clear signals of preparation, rather than subtle ones, when it comes to their children. ‘Signs of preparedness’ include watching Mom and Dad in the bathroom, hiding to defecate, or even taking an interest in the poop and urine of pets.
Take it easy and avoid trying to juggle too many things at once.
Keeping in mind that potty training occurs in stages is essential. Potty training begins with nighttime bowel control, which your child has likely mastered by now, despite the fact that most parents focus on daily bladder and bowel control.
The typical order of events in the preparation process
- Control of the bowels at night
- Bowel control during the day
- The ability to manage one’s bladder throughout the day
- Control of one’s bladder during the night
Many children have mastered nighttime bowel control by the time they are 12 to 18 months old. In contrast, many children take months or years to acquire the final stage, which is the ability to control their bladder at night or to sleep dryly. Until the age of six, pediatricians believe that some overnight wetting is normal. Often, if you find that your child wakes up with a dry diaper or Pull-Up, you can simply advise that he or she wear underpants to sleep.
Attempt a Few Different Approaches.
To begin toilet training your child, you’ll need to select a strategy. Although the American Academy of Pediatrics does not officially endorse these procedures, they are among the most widely accepted.
Over the course of several weeks or months, the Slow and Steady technique gradually instills bladder and bowel control in the patient. Disposable and reusable/washable training pants are the most common choice for children because they are easy for them to put on and take off and have lots of absorbency in case of mishaps.
Toilet training can be a lot easier when done over the course of a weekend, especially if you don’t have to worry about your child becoming wet or dirty and can provide plenty of potty breaks while they’re still in their underwear or the buff. In order to spot warning signs and avoid mishaps, it’s important to have someone constantly monitoring your every move and offering praise when you succeed.
Potty training can be accomplished in a single day using the Blitz method, which is characterized by a rapid and intense approach to the process.
However, the real question is: Which approach will be most effective for your child? Potty training may and can happen in a single day for some children. Others may have to wait for up to two years or longer. Both extremes are, in fact, just variations of the same thing.
When it comes to training, it’s impossible to tell which child will be in which way. If you think a particular strategy is right for you and your family, give it a try. However, if it doesn’t work out, don’t be too hard on your child — or yourself — if it fails. Reassess your child’s readiness to reapply after a period of time, such as a few weeks or months. Try a different approach if she appears ready and capable.
Strive to Keep a Positive Attitude
It’s easy to feel upset when you’re cleaning up pee off the floor for the sixth time in a day or washing yet another pair of underwear. This is ill-advised, to say the least. In the long run, negative penalties and admonishments don’t work, and they may even cause constipation.
Even though the process can be frustrating, you will be rewarded for your unwavering positivity. Seek out opportunities to express appreciation that go beyond praising them for using the bathroom.
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Obey your child’s instructions.
Rather than leading your child through the potty training process, Wittenberg advises parents to take a more hands-on approach.
When it comes to potty training, some experts say parents shouldn’t start before their child demonstrates they’re ready, while others say there’s no harm in introducing the idea and seeing how their child responds. Be on the lookout for signals of potty training readiness, but do not assume that your child’s interest in or success with the task will be ensured by doing so.
Still, there are signs of development, even if they are modest. Keep an eye out for them, make a comment, suggest a course of action, and watch what happens.
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