Basically, it refers to the process of teaching your child to use the bathroom to urinate and defecate. A small toilet-shaped device known as a urinal is used in this training. The right time to start depends on how prepared your child is and how cooperative they are. But you can usually start training your child as early as 18 months. In the meantime, it’s not recommended to start potty training if your little one is constipated or in any kind of discomfort.
It shouldn’t be stressful for you and your child. Therefore, it is important to make the necessary preparations before the actual training.
Here are some preparation tips:
· Educate yourself with self-help materials.
Of course, you would need to gain knowledge from books or online resources. There are many options from which you can get helpful ideas on how to effectively potty train your child. For best results, you may want to read your references with your child. Sure, he won’t understand it like you do, but at least he’ll have an idea.
· Talk to some experienced parents.
What information could be more reliable than information shared by potty-trained parents? From your fellow parents, you can learn some advice from a more personal point of view. It is important to note, however, that some training techniques are not effective for all children. Therefore, it would be better to talk to two or more knowledgeable people.
· Start buying the necessary materials on time.
You can go shopping two weeks before the actual potty training. Make sure you choose good quality items. First of all, it is important to choose a potty chair that cannot be easily broken. It’s also important to choose training pants and wipes that won’t irritate your child’s delicate skin.
In the meantime, you may want to customize the potty in such a way that you can surely catch your child’s interest. You can put stickers or designs that can amuse your little one. By doing so, you are convincing your child that he is comfortable using the device.
Expose your child to potty training before the actual potty training.
You may want to display the potty in your child’s play area to pique his curiosity. Let him play with it, put things on it, or sit on it. Let him do what he wants. Just like customizing the potty, it will make your child feel comfortable using the device.
· Talk to your child beforehand.
It is important that your child is prepared for this. Talk to him/her. Tell your child that they will soon be a big boy/girl. You don’t want your child to be caught off guard and act negatively about your planned potty training.
The tips above are just some of the ways to prepare for a baby’s potty training. Depending on your style and your child’s attitude, you may want to add or modify these tips to ensure a positive outcome. And once again, potty training shouldn’t be stressful for you and your child. It’s important to make each potty training session enjoyable in order to teach your child proper potty habits.