Your child is fast growing and has become to toddle. You want to register him or her in a preschool. However, it is important that you start toilet training on time to reduce the number of diapers you will change when your child enters preschool. Potty training as it is also called is the process of teaching a child how to make use of the toilet when it is time to answer nature rather than doing it on the diapers. The time to start depends on certain factor such as the societal requirements, the development rate of your child, and other factors.
Most parents are not finding toilet training easy especially new mothers. They worry so much about it. They go about searching for information on what to do or how to start it. There is no need to worry about toilet training. It is not as difficult as you may think. The child will naturally give a quick response to it when he or she is ready for it. So, you have to look out for signs that show that your baby is willing and ready to avoid the diapers. Here are some of the signs that indicate a child’s readiness to learn how to use the toilets.
- Avoiding dirty diapers
- Following you to the loo (the child want to see how it is done)
- Capable of hiking up the skirt or yanking down the trouser as the case may be
- Understanding his or her body function as well as bowel movement
- Being able to say and understand bathroom lingo
- Remaining dry for a long hour (that is, you are changing fewer diapers in a day)
- Being able to predict the bowel movement of your child
The above are some of the signs that indicate when a child is ready for toilet training. If you start noticing any of the above mentioned behaviours in your child, you should start training the child on how to use the toilet because at that time he or she is ready to learn it. Here are the steps to follow when training your child on how to use the toilet.
- Ignite the interest of the child
Start by igniting the interest of the child in learning how to use the potty. There are different ways of doing that. Buy some potty training books for children and read the stories contained in them to your children. Use your potty lingo to your baby always. For example, if you want to answer the nature’s call, you can tell your child, I have to wee. In this way, the child will pick interest in potty training.
- Start with the potty
It is advisable to start toilet training with a potty. It is a large plastic bowl shaped like a toilet for children to use for defecation. Rather than taking your baby to the toilet, you should start with the potty. If the child masters how to use the potty, you can start teaching him or her how to use the toilet in the loo.
- Demonstrate the potty training to the child
- Reward the child for any improvement
- Teach proper hygiene