As new parents, there are usually many new questions, such as: how to put a baby to sleep, what to do when they have their first cold, what’s the best first food, how to soothe teething babies, when are they ready for their first solid food, why does solid food is not good for them for the first few months, and the list goes on and on.
We’ll get a bunch of different ideas, opinions, advices from different people. But, since babies don’t exactly come with a manual, it can sometimes get a little hard to know what the right thing to do is.
In this article, we’ll try to break down and cover one common problem, Potty Training. There are seven stages of Potty Training. It starts when they begin to show signs of Potty Training, and ends when they finally is able to use the toilet away from home.
Signs of Readiness
The first stage usually begins when the child starts showing these following signs of readiness:
- Have an interest in the potty
- The child is able to express his/her need to go potty through either his body language or verbally
- Feels uncomfortable to be in wet diaper.
- Able to take off and put on his/her own clothes.
- Is interested and like the idea to put on big kid’s underwear.
- Can stay dry for two hours.
- Have a regular bowel movement.
- Able to imitate family member.
Introduction to the Idea of Potty Training
It’s time to introduce your child to potty training, when he/she begins to show a majority of the signs above. We can start reading a book, an app, or a video about potty training together. And then, let the kid choose and purchase his own potty chair and let the child watch us when we use the potty. Children usually love to imitate family members.
Sit On the Potty
After your child has been introduced to the concept of potty training and starts imitating family member by sitting on his potty chair, you can then introduce him to good hygiene like wiping, and washing hands after using the potty.
Use the Potty Sometimes
To build his muscle memory, make sure to give your child plenty of liquids and then regularly take him to the potty every 30 minutes. Make a big deal of his huge accomplishment the first time he can successfully use the potty. A big hug, lots of claps, and maybe even a small reward can be very motivational to help the child feel proud of himself, and make this a good memory for him.
Use the Potty Alone
When your child starts getting more comfortable with the potty, he has the ability to control his body functions better. He might go to the potty by himself, and will then proudly tell you about it after. This is another milestone that needs to be marked with big praise and encouragement.
Transition to the Toilet
It’s time to transition the child into the big toilet, when he’s comfortable in using his potty seat. To decrease their fear of falling in, you might need to purchase a toilet seat adapter. They are sold everywhere in your local baby or even grocery store, and a lot of them comes with cute characters. Choose one they love. This will reduce the size of the toilet hole. You might also need a step up, so that they can sit up and go down the toilet by themselves. This will make your child feel more secure.
Use Potty Away From Home
The last stage of potty training will be when the child is able to use public toilets. There are portable and disposable toilet seats available to ease this transition. It can both protect your child from coming in contact with the public toilet seats, reducing the hole, as well as a comfort thing that the child can associate with wherever they need to do their business.
Some children can go through all the seven stages quickly in a matter of weeks, while some other might take months to complete. My daughter asked to go to the toilet when she turned two, and was able to do her wee wee even in public toilets in a week’s time, but was unable to do her number two until months after, and that’s okay.
Toilet can be a very scary thing for a little child, and the best thing that you can do for your child is to show them that you’re patient, you’re there every step of the way, and that you’re very very proud of his accomplishment.