Hello Parents! How are you and your kids doing? Before starting today’s discussion, let me ask you a question, is your toddler potty-trained? If yes, congratulations on having achieved this herculean task successfully! But for those who are still struggling with it and are on the verge of giving up, here’s a little piece of advice from Lisa Asta, M.D., a clinical professor of pediatrics at University of California, San Francisco, "Life goes on and one day your child will just do it”. There is no point stressing over it, you kiddo will definitely sit on the potty, when they want to. But you also need to be at a constant support behind your kid.
Here are some tips you can follow to potty train your kid fast -
Introduce potty at an early age:
A kid should start potty training between 18-30 months. Keep a few illustrative books on potty training around the house to pique interest in your kid. It is not about forcing your child to relieve himself/herself on a potty but the idea should be to raise an awareness that activities like peeing and pooping should be done on the potty.
Is your child ready?
Before introducing potty to your kid, make sure that your child is ready. How will you understand that? Is your child staying dry for a minimum of 2 hours during the daytime and after naps? If yes, you child might be ready to give potty a shot.
Also if your child is aware when the diaper gets wet or soiled and knows how to communicate either through words or sign language, you child is ready to start potty training.
Choose the right potty:
The potty pot we sit on usually has a large hole and the sound of water flushing can be terrifying for some kids. Buy a potty seat meant for children with soft cushioning and fix it on your regular pot. Allow your toddler to get comfortable first. These days there are a variety of colorful potty seats available for kids to make the process easy for them.
Loose comfortable clothing:
It is very important to dress your kid in elastic pants and underwear in the course of the potty training process. It should be easy for the kid to be aware of nature’s call and run to the potty while removing pants or shorts without much fuss. A child does not have control over pee or poop like an adult. So comfortable and elasticated clothing would be easy to remove.
Introduce a potty reward:
When bringing up a kid get creative. Introduce a potty prize for your kid. This doesn’t mean that you have to give a chocolate or a candy to your kid every time. That’s unhealthy! It’s time to get inventive. Buy them new stationery, a new picture book, a new sticker or stamp on hand or maybe an inexpensive toy from the nearest dollar store. An occasional ice cream sundae is good too.
Besides these, never forget to praise your child no matter they are using the potty right or wrong. Know that a small rebuke is enough to demoralize their spirit. Try to build their self-esteem. Kids might appear to love toys but it is your attention that they will cherish for their lifetime.
Happy Potty Training!