How to potty train a child? Tips from experienced moms
Such a process as potty training for a child is different for every mother. For the most part, mothers either leave the kids the right to “ripen” to the pot on their own, or they make every effort to get the kids to start going to the potty at a very early age (and at the same time, to save themselves from unnecessary washing and considerable monetary expenses for diapers). How and when should you potty train your baby?
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When to potty train a child?
There are no clear age boundaries in this matter. It is clear that six months is too early, and four years is too late. Toilet training is happening individually for each kid in a period of time from the moment the child learned to sit and walk to the moment when it is somehow uncivilized to write in his pants. What should you remember as you prepare for this challenging learning process?
- Be patient, support of all family members and, preferably, a sense of humor.
- Do not compare the “potty achievements” of your child with the achievements of the children of friends and relatives. These competitions are pointless. Your child is different.
- Don’t be too hopeful for quick success. The process is likely to be lengthy and complex.
- Be sane and calm. Never punish your baby if he does not live up to your expectations.
- If you see that the baby is not ready, do not torture him with the educational process… You yourself will understand when it is “time”.
- The child must learn consciously. But it is also possible to develop a reflex (carefully, not persistently).
- The approximate age of “readiness” for training in a baby is from one and a half years to thirty months. According to experts, up to eighteen months, the baby still cannot control his bladder.
What are the signs that you can tell if your baby is ready to go to the potty?
- Baby can to voice your desires and sensations.
- To kid the process of going to the toilet is interesting, he becomes interested in the pot.
- Child learned to sit, walk, stand…
- Child able to take off (put on) pants on his own…
- Child begins to imitate parents and older siblings.
- Take off the wet diaper the child can do it himself.
- The child’s stool is already formed and regular.
- The baby can stay dry within three to four hours in the afternoon.
- Child learned in his own way to demonstrate the desire to go to the toilet…
Potty training. Important recommendations
- During training, try to choose clothes for your child thatI am easily removable…
- Reward your child for success with pre-prepared prizes… You can also entertain the kid with games, or hang a special board next to the pot, on which “successes” are marked with the help of bright stickers.
- Ask constantly – if he wants to go to the toilet.
- After waking up, before going to bed, after every meal and before walking, take your child to the potty. Even if he doesn’t piss – just to develop a reflex…
- Don’t force your toddler to sit on the potty… If the child refuses, put the learning process into play.
- Gradually move from diapers to waterproof and regular panties… The child will not like the “wet” sensation and the learning process will go faster.
- Keep the pot close at hand. If you see that the baby is ready to “suck” in panties (each baby has its own signs – someone fidgets, someone kicks his legs, someone puffs out his nostrils and wryly), grab the pot and seat the baby. It is desirable, playfully – so that the child likes the process of going to the pot.
- Toilet training a boy, preferably with dad’s help… At first, it is better to sit it on a pot, in order to avoid splashing on the floor and walls.
How to potty train a child?
- Prepare to be training should take place regularly, without interruption. It makes no sense to develop these skills only on holidays or when the mother-in-law arrives.
- A prerequisite for training is good mood and health child. It is clear that when the baby is capricious or tempestuous, it is not worth torturing him with these sciences.
- Summer is the perfect time for potty training… The baby is wearing a minimum of clothes. That is, you don’t have to wash a bunch of tights and pants every few hours (naturally, freeing the baby from diapers).
- For every potty familiarity catch the right moment… After eating, sleeping, streets, as soon as you feel that it is “time”, do not miss the moment.
- Happened? Did the kid go to the potty? Praise your baby!
- Wasted again? We are not upset, do not show our disappointment, do not give up – sooner or later the child will start doing it anyway.
- You should not fix the attention of the crumbs only on the pot. Pay attention to such actions as opening the pot, removing and putting on panties, emptying and washing the pot, returning it to its place. And don’t be greedy for praise!
- Part with diapers gradually. During the day, do without them, and during sleep or a long walk in the cold season, they are very useful.
- Woke up dry? We urgently take out the pot. In the meantime, the baby is trying (or not trying) to do his thing, we demonstrate to him the dryness of the diaper and again praise, praise, praise.
- The maximum time spent on the pot is 10-15 minutes…
Choosing a pot for a child correctly
Of course, if the pot is bright, interesting and musical, it will be more interesting for the baby to sit on it. But:
- Potty play should not be encouraged… Just as there is a bed on which they sleep, there is also a pot on which they piss and poop.
- Sitting on the potty for too long is harmful, it can lead to problems with the rectum, hemorrhoids, stagnation of blood in the small pelvis.
The pot itself plays a significant role in the success of toilet training. When choosing it, the following points should be taken into account:
Of course, plastic is the most convenient. Easy to clean, lightweight and easy to carry. Pay attention to the quality of the plastic – no harmful substances should be present in it. Demand a certificate, even if you are embarrassed – they say, “bother sellers because of some kind of pot.” In fact, your child’s health is more important than your shyness.
It is desirable that the pot has it. And along with the handle.
- It is unacceptable that there are burrs, cracks and other defects on the pot. This is a shelter for germs and the risk of injury to baby’s skin.
- Correspondence of the pot to the features of the body and the anatomical dimensions of the baby. The shape of the pot for a girl is round (oval), for a boy – stretched forward, with a raised front.
- Pot height – about 12 cm and, preferably, the same diameter of the container itself. So that the legs rest on the floor. After two years, the height and diameter of the pot increases to 15 cm.
The simpler the better. Excessive comfort relaxes and lengthens the time spent on the pot. Therefore, we refuse from “armchairs” and high backs.
Types of pots. Specialist tips for choosing a pot
- Wooden stool with a hole and a container underneath.
The choice was unfortunate: the risk of infection, the impossibility of high-quality disinfection (the tree is not washed well). And it is absolutely unacceptable to sit on such a pot-chair near the dining table.
- Musical pot. A great option for a kid. Music begins to sound after the baby pees. This type of pot will most quickly help to train the baby to the toilet. Minus: according to experts, the music pot forms the wrong reflex – hearing such a melody somewhere outside the house, the baby can wet his pants. That is, such a connection between urination and music is a violation of physiological norms.
- The pot is a toy.
For example, in the form of a typewriter. Everything is not recommended for the same reasons – the child does not want to get up from such a pot, and long sitting is harmful.
- Oval-shaped pot, with a small backrest and a protrusion in the front – ideal for both sexes.
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