Most toddlers potty train anywhere from 18 to 36 months. Once your toddler shows the signs of readiness for potty training, you can begin.
Once you're ready to start to potty train, take your child into the bathroom with you, and talk about what you're doing. If your child is a boy, have dad show him how he uses the bathroom. If your child is a girl, mom can show her how to go.
Use consistent words associated with potty training. Whether it's cutesie words like pee pee and poo poo or technical words, make them seem like every day conversation. If you are embarrassed, your child will take your cues and be embarrassed too.
After you've shown your toddler how to use the potty, it's time to start teaching him how to use it!
- Your child's first potty chair should be low to the ground so that the feet touch the floor.
- Place your child on the potty seat at the same time each day so this becomes a regular part of his daily routine.
- Ask your child regularly to go to the bathroom, and encourage them to tell you when they need to go.
- When your child does go in the potty, be sure to reward, should your child fail to go in the potty, don't scold or punish him or her. You can find some reward ideas here!
- Once your child has been successful at toileting a few times, consider dressing them in cotton underwear so that they become aware of being wet or dry.
- Continue toilet training even if you go on outings.
- When your child has learned to use the toilet consistently during the day, you may be able to take off the diapers at night.
- Your child may be ready to begin when the diaper stays dry more and more often overnight.
- Your child will begin to notice the potty and want to sit on the toilet.
- The child may express displeasure with a wet or dirty diaper, or may not want to wear a diaper anymore.
Rewarding Your Child When Potty Training. Hugs, praise, or small rewards all help to reinforce the behavior. And if an accident happens, simply clean up and encourage to keep trying. Then move on to another activity without making a fuss. Some parents prefer to put their kids in disposable training pants until they're fully trained. Disposable training pants are still absorbent enough that they may delay the potty training process.
Use Common Sense. Avoid giving too many fluids before bedtime, and make sure he or she uses the toilet so that they will not wet the bed. Above all else, remain calm about the entire process. Keeping in mind that accidents will happen, and when they do, avoid making a fuss or criticizing your child.
Your Pediatrician Can Help With Potty Training. If any concerns come up before, during, or after toilet training, talk with your pediatrician. Often the problem or problems are minor and can be resolved quickly, but sometimes physical or emotional causes will require treatment. Your pediatrician's help, advice, and encouragement can help make toilet training easier. Also, your pediatrician is trained to identify and manage problems that are more serious.
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