One of the major milestones in a child’s life as it grows is toddler potty training. It is a big step for parents and children and it requires a lot of patience. The child has to be ready emotionally and physically ready in order for toddler potty training to succeed. Many kids can start training by the time they are two years old while others might be ready when they are 2 ? or older. If you start training your child too early, success might not be immediate; in fact, it would take a longer time. This process shouldn’t be rushed.
Ways you can know if a child is ready for toddler potty training:
- If they can rise and sit from a potty chair
- If they complain about wet diapers
- If they can pull down their pants and pull them up again
- If your toddler can stay dry more than two hours a day
- If your child can tell you through expressions or words that they need to go.
- If your toddler seems interested in the potty chair.
If your child is showing most of the above signs, then here are some tips on how to potty train a toddler.
How To Potty Train A Toddler
1. Put The Potty In The Bathroom
Encourage your child to sit on the potty chair. It would be much easier if you get one that has a removable top that you can place on the toilet. Encourage your toddler to talk about the urge to go to the bathroom using simple but correct terms. One way you can show your child how to use the potty is to pour contents of the diaper into the potty chair.
2. Have Potty Breaks
Encourage your child to sit on the potty chair without diapers several times a day for a few minutes. If it is a boy, they should practice peeing while sitting down and then move on to peeing while standing up gradually. Even if your toddler just sits on the potty chair without actually doing anything, praise them and offer them an incentive for trying. Praising them or rewarding them with small gifts can make a big difference in how your child responds to toddler potty training.
3. Always Respond Quickly
As part of toddler potty training, whenever your child shows they need to go to the bathroom by way of expressions or words, always respond quickly. Help your child understand that when they feel like going to the bathroom, they should stop what they are doing and head there. Teach your toddler about hygiene when they use the potty chair. If it is a little girl, you should show her to wipe from front to back to prevent germs from the rectum getting into the vagina. Teach them how to flush and wash their hands thoroughly.
4. Get Rid Of The Diapers
If your child has been using the potty chair successfully for several weeks, it is time to ditch the diapers and use regular underwear or training pants. This is usually a very big transition and you should praise your child for successfully going through it. You can take them shopping and let them choose their “big boy/girl” underwear. Once your toddler starts wearing underwear, you should avoid dressing them in belts, overalls or anything that might prevent them from undressing fast when they need to use the bathroom.
5. Nighttime Toddler Potty Training
How to potty train a toddler at nighttime requires a little patience. It might take a few more months because the child is able to control their bladder during the day better than they can during the night. In the meantime, you can use plastic mattress covers or disposable training pants before they are able to control their bladder at night.
6. Know When To Stop
If your toddler is not fond of potty training or they are resistant even after trying for a few weeks, don’t force it. It could simply mean that they are not ready. You can try training them again after a few months.
7. When To Seek Help
If after successful training, your child reverts or they are unable to hold until they get to the bathroom even at age four or older, then it may be time to seek professional help because the problem could indicate an underlying physical condition.