Mamas & Papas Magazine December/January 2016July 11, 2016
Your Baby – September 2009August 3, 2016
Signs your child maybe ready for potty-training:
- Your child is staying dry for longer periods of time (2 hours or more).
- Your child recognizes when she is in the process of urinating.
- Your child is able to easily pull her pants up and down.
- Your child can follow simple instructions.
- Your child is able to sit and engage in an activity for several minutes without becoming distracted or irritable.
- Your child is walking and running well.
- Your child shows interest and desire.
Getting started with potty training:
- Have a talk with your toddler. Sit down and discuss with him some key toilet issues.
- Involve your toddler in purchasing underwear, a step stool and potty chair.
- Make some decisions about how you’re going to try to approach your child with praise, awards and accidents.
- If your child is in child care, ask for their advice and make sure there aren’t any hard and fast rules the center or caregiver has in place that may be an issue.
The Don’t of potty-training:
- Do not try force the issue. Make sure your child is emotionally and physically ready.
- Don’t start potty training during a time of stress.
- Don’t set deadlines or try to accomplish training in a set number of days. Every child develops and learns at their own pace.
- Don’t treat accidents like a big deal. Accidents are just part of the process.
- Don’t use clothes that are difficult for you or your child to take on or off.
- Don’t give in to external pressures. Where other parents are concerned, just as it is with teething, crawling and walking, so it is with potty training. These are skills that children learn, and they all learn at different times, at their own pace.
- Don’t expect night time training soon. Night-time training takes a lot longer than day-time training and it is completely normal for bed-wetting to occur in children until they are 4-5 years old.
- Children can develop some fears during potty training so treat these fears with sensitivity and do not discount your child’s feelings.
- Do not worry too much. Try to take potty training in stride and work together with your child.
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