There is no greater joy than taking a break from buying diapers after doing so for almost 5 years for 2 children. That’s when as a parent you realize
Indeed our kids are growing up
Our second born daughter started potty training when she turned two but didn’t stop using a night diaper till 3 months ago. I still find it odd that when am doing shopping, I go through the diaper shelves and realize, I am not putting them in my shopping cart. Never thought that day would come.
There is no definite age or duration to potty train your child. There are those who learn as early as when they start to walk steadily and there are those who take as long as two and a half years. Its all about trying it every once in a while when your child learns to speak as they need to tell you when they feel the urge to go.
How do you know? If the child is 2 years old and above their sphincters (muscle outlet) of their bladder and bowels are under their control and can start potty training It is o.k if lateness is experienced as it is influenced by genetics and boys usually take longer than girls.
Another sign that tells you a child is ready to potty train is when a child has awareness that they are peeing or pooing (long call). When you notice that the child changes behavior because of a dirty diaper. They were playing and stop, retreat to a corner to poo or when they lay down in the change me position. This shows that the child knows what is happening and can start potty training
When you are toilet training a child (they are upgrading from the potty) the child may show interest in the toilet. When they show that they want to use the toilet, allow them. You assist the child even if nothing comes out and acknowledge the effort and applaud them. It will take some time but it is progress.
If you feel your child is ready to potty train ensure you start when it is not a cold season. This will allow the child to walk around without a nappy or diaper and they’ll get to see what is being produced. This will help in the growth and understanding. Ensure you remove the carpets, mats unless you do not mind having them washed and dry-cleaned a lot. The child will at times forget to go to the potty and pee where they stand. As for how long it takes may vary from child to child and if their health is good through out.
When potty training introduce the potty slowly to the child. Like before baths explaining that they are big and should pee or poo in the potty. When they are done bathing you could leave the child without diapers and they will soon associate the puddle gathering at their feet with using the potty. After sometime they may actually start going for the duster themselves after seeing how you mop up after them each time. It’s a good start to using the potty and toilet. You should encourage regular visits to the potty and offer incentive after they use it. This is will allow the child to associate the potty with good things sand not hate it.
Things to remember when potty training
- Do not punish the child for mistakenly peeing on the floor. Instead remind them constantly to use the potty next time.
- You are better off delighting with the child the migration from diapers than getting mad from the wet puddle he/she makes accidentally.
- Do not make the child believe that going to the toilet is disgusting. This will give them a negative image to it and they may never want to use the potty or toilet.
- In case of a diarrhea episode while potty training, reassure the child that everything is alright and that even adults get that when they have a stomach problem.
- Carry a potty when traveling and save the embarrassment of trying to force the child into a bush or messing the seats of the car. Potty training diapers are really friendly for times like this.
The potty training later breaks to day and night. Once the child has mustered the day potty training, the next is night. I remember wetting the bed as a child and feeling horrible. In those days my elder brother and sister would make fun of me. For your child, make sure to reassure them. Place a mackintosh as popularly known under the child’s sheets and tell him/her that the sheets can just be washed in the morning. At this time you can train the child that if the pee, they can just remove the sheets (if they can) and place them in a bucket in the bathroom/laundry area. They will learn responsibility and endeavor to quit wetting the bed. If your child isn’t dry at night it’s probably because their nervous system isn’t mature enough to trigger a signal that their bladder is full and needs emptying.
Potty training requires patience and working together with your child. If the child has a problem wetting the bed after 6 years of age, you may consult a doctor.