The first big milestone in your child’s life is when they become toddlers, they start taking their first steps and diapers become things of the past. Potty training takes some time but is vital for your child’s sense of independence. And after you have succeeded in potty training, you can turn to toilet teaching, your kid will love the responsibility, and the grown up feeling that comes with this milestone.
So let’s see what are the crucial steps that you need to take to get your child from the diapers onto the potty and finally the toilet.
Help your child get familiar with the notion of potty
There is no exact age at which your child should start their potty training, they can be anywhere from 18 to 24 months of age. At first start mentioning the potty occasionally. You can even make belief that one of their toys needs to learn to ‘go potty’, in addition, you can use children’s books on the topic to make it even more familiar. The importance of this step is help your child get familiar with the notion of potty and feels comfortable talking about it and performing this task.
The best time to start
In order to decide when the best time for switching from diapers to potty is, you should monitor your child’s behaviour. The two most important indicators are a somewhat regular toilet schedule as well as your child’s ability to understand and follow instructions. Just make sure you don’t push them too hard to make the switch since this can have the opposite effect. They will show you when they are ready.
The perfect potty
In order to facilitate the whole process, you can have your child pick out their own potty. It will help them feel more comfortable and they might see it as something fun and interesting. Just make sure, that right away you set boundaries when it comes to deciding which rooms of the house are off limits for the potty. It is best to get the accustomed to the bathroom straight away, and that when they need to ‘go potty’ they go directly to the bathroom. This will facilitate the switch to the regular toilet later on.
Introduce a schedule
At first your child will not have the habit of asking to use the potty, so you will need to have a schedule when you are going to put them on it. So consider doing it first thing in the morning, just before you leave the house, and prior naps and bedtime. Don’t forget to praise them every time they ‘go potty’. Positive reinforcement is a vital part of potty training and should be applied from the very beginning. It is important to keep in mind that at first you child might not keep to the schedule you have thought of, but be patient they’ll get there in time.
Now they are all grown up
So you have the perfectly potty trained child, no mishaps or accidents. They are independent and have learned the basic hygiene rules. Now it is time to go even further and toilet train them as well. The best time for toilet training is when they are 3 or 4 years of age. Since this requires a lot of independence and confidence it will mean a lot to them to make the switch. In order to insure the highest hygiene level you can, consider introducing a bidet toilet seat, it fits over the top of your toilet bowl, and your kids can benefit from the health and hygiene it can provide.
So there you have it, one of your child’s first steps to becoming independent. Potty training is associated with getting bigger and more responsible. So phrasing them with such phrases like ‘ You are a BIG girl/boy now’ are excellent examples of positive reinforcement for such an important milestone.