Do you question yourself whether it is still right for your child to be on her diapers? Are you wondering if it is now the right time to potty train your baby? Do you think that you are ready for the challenge of teaching him or her some toilet skills?
We understand your dilemma. Most of our partner parents also face the same hesitations when it comes to potty train a child. They think that it might either be too early or too late for their children to be trained on how to use the toilet. They doubt their capability to train the little kids and make them follow certain toilet rules.
Being potty trained can be considered as one of the developmental milestones of your child. But apart from it being an achievement for your little one, you also have to know that teaching her how to pee and poop on the right place and at the right time is a great leap of parenting success.
Let us help you with this potty training journey. Consider the tips below to make potty training a lot easier and more memorable.
1. Assess Your Child’s Readiness
One of the keys to successful parenting is respect for your child’s pace. This idea can be applied even to potty training. As a parent, you must never be in a hurry about your child’s growth and development. You have to understand that every kid is unique and must never be compared with the other kids.
How would you know if your child is ready for potty training?
- Able to follow simple instructions
- Shows muscle control for urination and bowel movement
- Understands basic concepts related to toilet use
- Can walk to the bathroom alone
- Able to pull down pants
- Expresses desire to remove dirty or soaked up diaper
- Shows curiosity about toilet habits
2. Introduce Potty Habits with Games, Songs, and Stories
Kids effectively learn when concepts are shared through interesting, active, and engaging ways. If you are really determined to train your child how to use the bathroom for urinating and defecating, then you have to use creative ways to teach her the right skills.
Experts have proven that the best way to introduce the concept of going to the toilet among children is through story-telling sessions, games, and songs. You could change some nursery rhymes and baby song lyrics into words that are related to toilet use. You could also tell stories about little children using the bathroom whenever they want to pee. Let your imagination flow and use all creative means possible.
3. Have the Right Equipment to
Choosing the right training potty depends on different factors such as your material preferences, your child’s favorite color, the durability, comfort, and a lot more.
It would be best to choose a training potty that will ignite the interest in your child yet with an appearance that is almost similar to the toilet bowl. We don’t suggest deviating so much from how the real bathroom seat looks like because our goal is to familiarize the kid with such things.
4. Set a Regular Potty Training Schedule
The exact times when your child will pee may be unpredictable, but it would still help a lot if you set a potty routine. Here are examples for your potty training schedule:
- Before bedtime – Before bedtime is the best schedule for training your child to sit on the potty to urinate. You could ask your little one to accomplish certain things first such as brushing teeth, washing face, and changing clothes before sitting on the potty.
- After mealtimes – After meals would also be wonderful times for teaching potty manners to children because it is usually the time when they would feel the urge for urination or bowel movement.
5. Patience is Key
Potty training is a learning process. Allowing your little child to learn how to pee and poop properly using the right potty tools wouldn’t be a success without your patience. You will have to empathize with your child in order to understand her progress. Praise her whenever she agrees on sitting on the potty for a few minutes. Give her recognition when she was able to tell you about the need to pee.
As parents, remember that potty training can also be a good way to create lasting memories in your family. Don’t miss this great chance by setting unreasonable expectations on your child’s progress. Enjoy every step of the potty learning journey!