Baby potty training? This is perhaps the most hotly debated part of potty training. Over-anxious parents who don’t want to deal with the bother of diapers anymore often try to force their child into using the toilet before they are ready. This can be highly detrimental to them, however, and you must wait until your child shows signs of readiness before you begin. If you don’t, this will be a very long process filled with frustration and headaches for both you and your child.
There is no magic age when baby potty training should begin. As I’ve already said, every child is different. With my own children, my daughter was going on the toilet consistently and staying dry at night at 18 months. My son, however, showed absolutely no signs of wanting to use the potty until well after he had already turned three. My son also wasn’t interested at all until just before his third birthday.
Ways You Can Know if a Child is Ready for Baby Potty Training
Here are some common signs that your child might be ready to use the potty.
• Bowel movements occur at about the same time every day
• He or she can stay dry for a few hours at a time or wakes up from sleep dry
• Your child begins to talk about using the potty and knows when they have to go to the bathroom.
• They are able to tell you when they have a soiled diaper.
• They can understand the association between dry pants and using the potty.
• He or she understand the terminology such as “poop”, “pee”, “dry”, “wet”, “potty”, etc.
Independence is also an important aspect of being ready for the potty. If your child can understand simple commands like “Let’s go to the potty”, then readiness is also imminent. There are other things to watch for as well.
• Your child can pull his/her pants up and down.
• They begin to imitate other members of the family.
• He or she watches you on the toilet and asks questions.
• Your child wants to do things by herself/himself.
• He or she enjoys washing his/her hands.
• They get upset if their belongings are not in their proper place.
• Your child wants to please you.
Toddlers are classically fussy little people. At a certain point in their upbringing, they will refuse to do absolutely anything for you when asked. When they have progressed beyond this stage sufficiently enough to obey simple commands, potty training can commence.
Now, don’t think that this whole process is completely in your child’s hands. There are some steps you can take before the actual potty process begins to prepare your child for baby potty training.
The concept of baby potty training may seem a little strange but it is not an uncommon procedure in certain parts of the world. Statistics published in the Contemporary Pediatrics magazine shows that more the 50% of children in the world are toilet trained by the time they get to their first birthday. Many of these children come from less developed countries where baby potty training is more of a necessity than a convenience as disposable diapers and potties are not available.
Many experts believe that this training process works better when executed in the first six months of a baby’s life but it does require a lot of time and effort which is something that is not conducive to the modern parent.
The process basically requires the adult to hold their baby in a seated position with the thighs up against their stomach and then asks the parent to perform hissing and grunting noises to encourage their child to carry out toilet duties. In time the parent will learn their child’s habits and the child will learn to perform when put on the toilet or potty, but it takes time and requires a lot of effort but success can result in saving a small fortune in disposable diapers as well as benefiting the environment.
Baby potty training is not a common practice within the UK or U.S. and many health workers will advise against it but it is a useful technique for people that want to get their baby potty trained early on because of child-care issues.
Many of the experts that endorse baby potty training also point to the fact that when a child is deemed ready for training at the age of around two they also develop other habits and skills than can deter learning – many people describe this age bracket as being “the terrible two’s” and at this stage children can sometimes develop tantrums and other kinds of behavioral issues and therefore training at an earlier age can avoid these testing times.
How to potty train a baby?
There are no set rules about when you should start baby potty training, but studies indicate that the national average in the U.S. is about 27 months. The important thing to remember when starting the training is to take it slowly and ensure that your child is physically and emotionally ready. Most of these attributes will have developed in a 2 year old child and as such most people choose to start the training around this age.
Before any formal training begins, encourage the baby to show interest in what goes on within the bathroom. Allowing the child into the bathroom when mum or dad are using it may ignite an interest or encourage them to press the flush after you have finished but try to persuade them gradually and don’t be too pushy at this stage. From the outset it is important to talk to the child and tell them what is going to happen, use simple words to describe the different toilet actions and make sure that everyone involved uses the same ones.
The next step will be to introduce them to the potty by allowing them to sit on it fully clothed, let them treat it as a new seat or a play thing for a while to overcome any potential phobias they may have. After a short time when the child seems comfortable with it ask if they would like to try using it when going to the toilet. If they are happy too then start introducing it into a routine where the baby sits on the potty a couple of times a day.
Even if the baby fails to go in the potty it helps to empty the contents of their diaper or underwear into the potty or toilet to help them understand why it is there. Many parents decide to do this as part of the introduction stage and dispose the contents of the child’s diaper into the toilet whilst the child is watching. Once this process has started the child should begin to progress with the training and the parents should see signs of development over the course of the coming weeks or months.
Many children will pick it up quickly and are walking around in cloth underpants within weeks, but parents must be prepared for the long haul as the child will inevitably have accidents from time to time.
Baby Toilet Training Doctrines
Toilet training for children is a process that is dependent on a child. Some children get off diapers faster than others while nighttime training takes longer to master than daytime training. Once your child is fully potty trained during the day then you can look out for some sign to gauge whether child is ready for nighttime training. Some accidents are normal and you may have to change the bed at night if your child wets it. If child is having very many bed wetting incidents at night, then you may use diapers or pull-ups for a while and then try again later when child seems more comfortable.
Some of these signs that your child is ready to sleep without a diaper or pull-ups are if your child wakes up with a dry diaper continuously for a number of mornings or if the diaper or nappy is just slightly damp. Child should also be mostly dry during the day and has regular bowel movement. Some of the things that you may need to use in the process of toilet training your child are a potty that child is comfortable using. This is especially important because when using a potty at night child may be half asleep or very groggy and the process should be as easy as possible.
There are specific potties for boys and girls that make the process easier and you can use recommended potties for boys if your son happens to prefer those. However even normal baby potties will still be effective in the process. You also need a mattress cover of water proof sheet that protects the mattress in case of accidents. This will protect the mattress and they are easier to clean up as compared to having to clean a mattress at night in case your child has an accident.
The training at night is similar to general training. It is best for your child to use the potty or baby toilet during the day. There are different types of potties for training and you can use the same potty for the day ass well as the night. The regular going to the baby toilet during the day will help your child to also use potty at night when there is a need. Ensure that your child uses the potty or the toilet just before they go to sleep. You can take them to the baby toilet after dinner and again just before they go to sleep to reduce the changes of wetting the bed. It may also be best to limit their intake of juice or milk just before bedtime. You may give a small amount of water after dinner but limit the amount to reduce bed wetting incidences. This is until they are able to use the toilet potty regularly by themselves.
You can put baby potties in the bedroom if the baby is either scared of does not feel comfortable going to the bathroom. Alternatively, you may leave a light on, say in the landing that will make it more comfortable for you child to go to the baby toilet at night or you can use a nightlight. Once your child wakes up in the morning, encourage them to use their bladders to adjust. Regular toilet times will help the child in nighttime.
Don’t get mad at them when they wets the bed, rather be encouraging and use a lot of praise especially when child does not wet the bed and be encouraging even when they does it. Also, when changing the beddings at night, do not make a fuss so that the child does not feel like they are wrong and anxious and this will make them take longer to get totally potty trained. Some incidents are normal during the process.
If you notice your child having some incidents, you may opt to make him to the potty when you are going to bed yourself. Make the child walk to the potty or baby toilet so that when they wake up at night it is natural for them. This may help reduce be wetting incidents.