It’s not an easy for a toddler to learn how to use toilet for first time. Do not compare your child with other children as some toddlers learn quickly while others need more support and time. You can avoid problems by knowing when your toddler is ready for potty training. When you decide that your child is ready to stop using diapers, you can start training your child to learn the skill of using toilet. It will increase your child’s independence as well as confidence.
Get Your Child Familiar with Using Toilet
Take your child to washroom and let them know what big boys and girls do. Teach them about toilet etiquette. Show them different parts of a washroom such as how flushing works. Teach them to wash hands after coming out of washroom. You should keep a check on your child and look for signs when they show excitement for going to washroom and feel bothered by a dirty diaper.
When your child wakes up. Change diaper and let them stay without a diaper. Without a diaper, your child will be more likely to recognize the need to use toilet. You should keep giving more fluids to your child from time to time such as water, juice or milk so they pee frequently and watch for signs when your child shows the need to use washroom. After noticing sign, take your child to washroom immediately. Make sure that your child washes hands after every attempt of going washroom to instill healthy habits. You better know your child. Some children feel happy when rewarded while others feel uncomfortable with attention. You can use diapers at night time when baby is sleeping and can help him/her learn about using toilet in day time. It is easier to train a child during day time. But it’s completely your decision to use diaper for baby at night time or not.
Toilet Training Steps
Follow the steps to train your child for using a toilet:
- Use a special toilet seat attachment and make sure that your child has used toilet before leaving home and immediately after arriving at their destination.
- Take multiple changes of clothes when you go out.
- Look for signs when your child wants to go to toilet such as facial expressions and stopping still for a moment.
- Inform teachers, daycare providers and babysitters about your child’s signs when he/she needs to go to toilet and the language that use at home such as pee, toilet, poop etc.
- Expect accidents. Your child will do mistakes but don’t show that you are disappointed and frustrated. Let them know that it’s OK and they can try again. Research shows that negative reaction or punishment after an accident can hinder progress so remain calm and hide any frustration from your child.
- Stays relax. Your child will learn it slowly. You should wait for a few days when your child will show that he or she understands what it means to be potty trained