Read about potty training, toilet training for
babies and teaching toileting process to kids.
Make sure that you and your baby are ready to start
potty or toilet training before venturing into it. When you start to
potty train your child, you should have enough time and energy for three
months at least to encourage and motivate your child daily and still be
patient, supportive and calm. Your child should be old enough to
indicate that his or her diaper is wet or soiled or tell you when he or
she would like to go to the toilet. Most children start telling about
the need to go to potty, when they are 18 to 24 months old but some of
them have to use diapers until three years old. Here are some tips to
make potty training easier for your kid:
- Take your child to the bathroom with you and let him see how you
use the toilet.
- Let the child feel comfortable in the toilet and play with the
flush of the toilet.
- You can let the child feel comfortable on the potty chair first
and then proceed on to teach him how to use the toilet.
- Let the child play, touch and observe the potty chair and use it
like a regular chair while wearing all the clothes and sit on it or
get up from it anytime he wants before teaching him how to use it.
- Once the child is comfortable with the potty chair, try t make
him sit on the chair without wearing pants or a diaper.
- Make the child observe how to use the potty chair by letting him
observe that you place stool from a dirty diaper into the potty
chair and then transfer it to the toilet.
- Make the child see how stools and urine disappears when the child
flushes the toilet.
- Once the child learns to use the potty chair and flush the
toilet, clothe him loose and easily removable pants and place him in
the potty chair every time he indicates that he needs to go to the
bathroom. Other indicators that point out the child's need to
urinate or go potty are change of facial expressions, sudden
stopping while playing or doing something.
- You should place the child on potty at regular intervals when
they need to use it. Most children have a bowel movement once a day,
usually within an hour after eating and need to urinate within an
hour after having a large drink.
- You may also just put your child on the potty every 1-1/2 to 2
hours to make sure that he doesn't have an accident. If he
does, be patient and do not scold or punish the child.
- Children may feel more relaxed while sitting on the potty chair
if you talk to them or read to them.
- Praises can go a long way but expressing disappointment may get
marked in the child's mind as an unpleasant experience with the
potty and they may try to avoid the bowel movement.
- Once your child learns to use the potty chair, you can move on to
over-the-toilet seat training with the help of a step-up stool.
If your child is still not trained after three
months, you may need to consult your doctor or wait the child to grow up
Training Tools & Tips
There are two types of potty chairs that you can use to potty train
how to use Toilets
Teaching the child to use toilets is not only about potty training but
also to use the bathroom properly, flushing the toilet after use and
washing hands properly.
Enuresis means bed-wetting during sleep and it is quite a common problem
in children that occurs more in boys than girls. Myths such as drinking
too much water before bedtime cause bed-wetting
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