Having your child learn how to use the potty can be very exciting for you and him. It is a new skill and you have to take it slow. Even if you feel frustrated in the process, do not lose patience with him. If you stay calm and positive, your child is likely to settle into things faster and more easily.
Children need to be physically ready for them to be able to control their bowels and bladder, and this timing is different for different children. It is best that you don’t compare your child with others. It is also important to note that children can control their bowels before their bladders. You need to wait for signs that your child is ready for toilet training before any attempts at potty training them.
Getting ready for potty training
Decide on whether you will use the toilet or a potty. The advantage of using a potty is that it is mobile and less intimidating than the toilet. You may need to find out what your child prefers and go with it. If you choose to use the toilet, you will need to buy or make a step that they can stand on and a seat that fits securely inside the toilet seat.
Tips to start potty training.
1. After establishing that your child is ready for potty training, introduce and explain the potty. Let them sit on it and try it out for size and familiarize with it. Keep the potty in the bathroom. Always make sure that the potty is within reach. If you have two or more bathrooms, make sure that you have a potty in each so that he can access it easily and make sitting on it part of his everyday life.
2. Start by encouraging them to take a leak in the potty before. This will help in building their confidence for when they can finally relieve their bowels.
3. If your child slips and takes a leak outside the potty, do not panic. Just mop it up and relax. It takes some time for them to completely get a hang of it. Panicking and making a fuss after an accident will make them anxious and worried, and they will be likely to have more accidents.
4. As a parent, you might have noticed that your child uses his bowels at certain times of the day, so it is advisable that you put him on the potty at those moments. This is especially after meals as digesting food in most cases leads to the urge to use the bowels. You can offer toys or a book to play with while sitting on the potty.
If this upsets them, leave the process for a few more weeks and try again.
5. Dress them in clothes that are easy to pull off and avoid those that are tight, have lots of buttons, or have zips. This will make putting them on the potty much faster
6. When your child is successful in using the potty, they will definitely be delighted and a little praise will go a long way in encouraging them to do better the next time. Do not use sweets as a reward, though.