training your child
is no age limit to when you should start toilet training
your child. Most toddlers start to use the toilet/potty
between the age of two - three years, some might take
even longer. This is a new experience for your child
so be patient. You will win in the end. Here are a few
pointers to help you out.
do I know when my child is ready?
Boys tend to stay in nappies longer than girls, but
most children are ready to potty-train sometime between
their second and third birthdays. Some children train
themselves when they're about 18 months old, while others
show no interest until after their fourth birthday.
Pick a time when your child's daily routine is proceeding
smoothly and he hasn't recently faced any major disruptions.
your child comfortable with the potty by showing him
that it's his own. You could write his name on it together
and let him decorate it with stickers. Leave the potty
around where your child can see it, and get to know
what it`s for. Encourage your child to sit on it with
his clothes on, so he can get used to the idea.
your child come into the bathroom with you. Talk about
what you're doing there. Make the toilet a fun place
to be, tell him a story while he (you to begin with)
are on the toilet.
your child regularly opens his bowels at the same time
each day, take off his nappy and suggest that he uses
his potty. If your child gets upset put his nappy back
on and try the next day.
soon as you notice your child is going to pee, try the
same thing. But leave his nappy off for a while, if
he has an accident it is easily cleaned.
always praise your child. This will make him want to
do it more.
Buy a packet of "big kid" underpants decorated
with a cool design. He'll find them an incentive to
get out of nappies.
a boy, use targets to teach him to pee standing up.
Cheerios floating in the toilet bowl are great fun to
aim at. And if you're not squeamish about him peeing
in the garden, you can paint or tape a target on a tree.
a doll that comes with their own miniature potty. When
your child teaches his doll how to use the toilet, he's
up a story about a child using a potty or you could
get one from your local library.
What not to do when Potty/toilet training
start to soon:
There is no age limit to when you should start toilet
training your child. Most toddlers start to use the
toilet/potty between the age of one - two years, some
might take even longer. Your child will let you know
when he is ready.
You are about to give birth. When you're planning a
move, or during any other disruptive event in your child's
life is not a good idea. Toddlers like routine, and
any changes are likely to cause setbacks in their behavior.
Instead, wait until things have settled down and then
pressure your child:
If your child has started to show an interest in toilet
training, that's great. But don't push him to get through
it faster than he`s ready to. If your child gets nervous,
he could start withholding his stool, which can lead
to constipation and other problems.
your child take his time. He has been wearing a nappy
since birth and this is a new experience for him. The
toilet may seem frightening reassure him that he has
nothing to be frightened of.
Don`t listen to other peoples advice:
My mother always told me that I and my siblings were
out of nappies at one year old when I was potty training
my children. And you will probably hear this from your
mother/mother in-law and others. Don`t listen to them
all babies are different. Any way they would have had
the same trouble with their first child despite what
they say. Potty training can`t be and shouldn`t be rushed.
Both you and your child will know when it is time. But
don`t leave it until your baby is starting school.
punish your child:
Don`t get angry or punish your child if he won`t use
the potty/toilet or if he has an accident. This will
make him frightened and just make matters worse. Set
backs will happen and getting upset or scolding him
will only make your child less interested in training;
he'll be afraid of making any more mistakes and making
you angry. He may also start withholding his stool,
which can lead to painful constipation. Reassure your
child that he is doing well. This will make him feel
good and he will want to learn.
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