POTTY TRAINING IN 3 EASY STEPS
Posted 2017-05-23 01:21:19 by Milica Pejcic
Potty training is one of the major accomplishments of early childhood parents and kids. But before your children can master it they have to be biologically and emotionally ready. Different children are ready at different ages; the timing has nothing to do with their intelligence, personality or motivation.
Potty training involves putting together a set of individual skills of a child in a certain order, such as being able to interpret the signals body is giving, undressing, having some control over bowels and bladder and washing hands. Your child should have at least some of these skills before starting potty training, or you'll both become frustrated.
Learning to use the toilet is a natural thing, so trust that it will happen. Here are three steps that can help your child maximize success in potty training:
- Get a potty chair. Many children feel more secure starting with one that sits on the floor rather than one that sit on top of the toilet. It's less scary, and it gives them the security and balance that comes with being able to put their feet securely on the floor.>
- Put the potty chair in a place that's convenient to where your child spends most of his time. It doesn't have to be in the bathroom; you could keep it in a corner of your playroom. Ease of access is important in the beginning.
- Let your child explore the potty chair and become familiar with it. Let him know that it's special and it's just for him. Phicologyst says its never to early to intrioduce it, so feel free to get it even when you are not about to start with training.
- Have your child practice sitting on the potty with her clothes on at least once or twice a day or how much they want. Let them get up whenever they wants. Your goal is to help them become comfortable with it.
- Praise your child for each step, even the small ones and the ones that aren't completely successful and remember that this is their accomplishment.
- Once they are comfortable with sitting on the potty with clothes on, have them practice sitting on it with clothes off. This can help them get familiar with the concept of removing clothes before going to the bathroom. It also lets them feel what the seat is like next to skin.
- After a few days, when your child has a bowel movement in the diaper, let them watch you dump it into the potty so that they can see where it should go. Explain to your child that this is where urine and stool belong. (Children this age are also mastering the idea that certain things go in certain places.)
- Look for signs that your child needs to urinate or move her bowels. Some children will tell you in so many words. Others will grimace or grunt or get into a particular position. When that happens, ask if they need to go.
- Have them practice washing hands with soap and water every time they gets off the potty, even if they don't do anything.
- Keep your child in easy to remove clothing, such as pants that they can simply pull down without having to unbutton anything, or a dress or skirt. That increases the likelihood of success. Alternatively, begin by letting your child run around the house for a few days without any pants on. Offer the reminder every hour to try using the potty. This will help them learn to interpret the signals body is giving to them.
- Never leave your child in wet or soiled diapers as a way of "training". That only makes matters worse.
- Give your child lots of praise at each stage of learning. It's also a good idea to praise whenever they tell you he has to use the potty, even if you've just asked the question.
- Expect mistakes, especially in the beginning. Don't get angry; that will just make things take longer. If they resists trying something new, it probably means they are not ready yet. Simply back off and try again in a few days or even weeks. Keep your attitude about potty learning light, encouraging, and supportive.
- Once your child has been successful for a few days, start making the switch to underwear. Some children feel more secure in diapers or training pants; others can't wait for "big boy" or "big girl" underwear. Let your child's reaction guide you in how quickly you make the change.
- Remember that some young children are frightened by the sound and actions of a flushing toilet. If child is bothered by it, don't force to flush; do it after child leaves the room. That fear usually goes away in a few months.
Be consistent with preparation, learning and reinforcement, and you will be surprised how soon you will get rid of those diapers for good!