When your toddler reaches the age of 19 months (about 1 and a half years), it is very necessary that now you need to shift him or her from diapers to potty training. It is obvious that up till now you have changed thousands of dirty diapers. And you are thinking of shifting your toddler from diapers to something more convenient and better. It seems to be an easy task that you just need to instruct them how they need to go to the bathroom and perform the rest of the performance by themselves, but it is not. For you, it is simple and easy but for them, it is a combination and a set of coordinated skills that they need to learn and acquire.
You need to make sure that they learn certain aspects of potty training. How and when do they need to exercise those steps, for example. :
- How do they feel when they want to use the bathroom?
- How do they need to understand and interpret the feeling that they need to use the bathroom?
- How they need to remain focused while going for the poop.
- How do they need to perform the entire process like taking their pants off and then sitting on their pots etc?
- And when they need to tell that, they feel like having a potty to their parents or caregivers.
So, you need to keep in mind all these things to make your child move forward to the next stage of his or her life.
Sometimes it is very commonly said that it is harder to train boys than girls to sit on their potty and get fresh. Well, it is not true. There are different types of children, and they have their uniqueness, every child is different from others. Comparing them or categorizing them is not an ideal thing to do. Where we need to compare the training process and the trainer who trained them to get themselves fresh or to make them diaper free.
What is the right time to start potty training?
Well, the very first thing before moving forward is that you need to identify whether your child is ready or not. If he is not ready you will be pushing him or her too soon. And this might create problems as well. He will get frustrated and annoyed.
Many experts say that kids tend to show the sign to get ready for potty training from the age of 18 months (about 1 and a half years) to 3 years. If we talk about the average age, it could be somewhere between 25 months (about 2 years) to 27 months (about 2 and a half years). Otherwise, if your child shows the sign you can go for potty training.
What sign will your child show if he is ready for potty training?
If your toddler shows and depicts these signs it means that they are ready for potty training. It is not mandatory; you need to understand the requirements and needs of your child. In some children, potty training can be done at the age of 19 months (about 1 and a half years) whereas in some it will take around 25 months (about 2 years). Hence, it is entirely based upon the child to child, nothing serious about it.
- He can walk and try to sit on the toilet.
- If he or she can pull his or her pants off and on.
- If he or she can keep himself or herself dry for 2 hours at least.
- If he or she can follow basic instructions and understands them.
- If he or she can make you understand that they want to use the potty.
- If he or she likes or shows interest in using a potty or in wearing underwear.
How long do you need to train your child to get potty trained?
It is not about the capabilities of the child it is about the capabilities of the instructor or trainer. First of all, you need to understand whether your child is ready or not for potty training. Secondly, if he or she shows the signs that are mentioned above then you need to think about how you can train him or her for potty training. Secondly, you do not need to be harsh or saddened if he is not ready. You need to be patient; it is very understandable that you do not like to change dirty diapers, but you need to be patient.
Thirdly, experts say that children tend to control their bladder and bowels after their second or third birthdays. So, if you are training them in the initial stages, it will be a long procedural process. Whereas if you are starting late like after their second birthday or third birthday, it is more likely to be a very quick process because they get the ability to control their bladders.
It is not necessary that you need to start late if your child shows the sign, you better get started.
So, at last, if we need to state how long it will take. A study shows that on average, parents who started training before the age of 24 months (about 2 years) saw a 68% success rate by 36 months (about 3 years). Whereas parents who started potty training after 24 months (about 2 years) of age experience a 54% success rate by 36 months (about 3 years). It is obvious that it is not a big difference.
Other studies show that the earlier you start the earlier you get the results. And you will only know if you try.
The steps which you need to follow for potty training your toddler
In general, there is no right method to do potty training. You just need to understand your child and let him or her understand you. There is a lot of content available in the online market regarding potty training sessions. You can always go through those sessions and then move to the next step. You can follow certain steps which are given below.
Step 1. If the approach seems to be not appropriate or not working, you can always go for some different way. For an example you can;
- You need to give the proper amount of time in the training session.
- Your child’s ability to understand you, hence providing and guiding him or her accordingly.
- How you can use and make a routine method training session so he or she can develop the habit of those training sessions and understand their motive as well.
You also need to work on the vocabulary for these sessions. How does your child notify you if he or she wants to poop or pee?
Step 2. Secondly, you need to maintain proper supplies. These supplies differ in the cases of boys and girls. Important things you need to have for these potty sessions;
- Potty chair – a potty chair with a splash guard (for boys).
- Loose and comfortable clothing for your toddler.
- Animal-shaped Urinal (for boys) and Potty kit.
You can make a potty session like a fun gaming session. If they follow all the rules, reward them with a prize just to maintain their motivation.
Step 3. You can also create stories and poems or even make them watch cartoons regarding potty sessions so it can all be done smoothly.
Step 4. You can make him or her sit on the potty chair when he or she wakes up. You can make them sit after having a meal or before heading to sleep.
Step 5. You can guide them on how they need to sit and how they need to pee or take a poop. In boys, you can make them point their penis in the downward direction for the flow of urine.
Step 6. Do not make your child sit for long on a potty chair. Always be patient and try again after some time.
Step 7. Helps him to practice good hygienic qualities so he can understand the value of hygiene as well as get good and healthy habits.
Step 8. Once you guide them, they need to let you know that they want to have poop or pee, with the correct choice of words. The way they make themselves sits on the potty chair. The way they need to do it (referring to both cases that are children). As boys usually urinate while standing, helping them to have a proper aim so that they do not spill elsewhere.). After all this, now you can simply let them wear clothes without diapers and make them wear underwear.
Step 9. You can make them understand that they do not need to drink lots of water or any liquid before heading to bed. Encourage them to use a potty chair before going to sleep. Use a mattress protector against leaks.
Step 10. In this step, you need to simply maintain the consistency of the potty training so as soon as they get finished with it, it will be better. Another thing which you can go for is that, while going through a potty-training session you need to be patient and maintain your sanity. It will be frustrating and a lot tiring but you need to keep the consistency and make it a fun game so your child will not get bored of it and learn his or her lesson quickly.
That is all if we guess, the rest depends upon the ability of your child and your patience level and training level. It will take time and once it is completed, you will be a certified potty trainer. Sorry to break it to you.
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