Training Tips for Toddlers
Potty Training should be a
fun and exciting experience for both you and your child.
Remember, your child should feel in control of the
process, not you. Take a slow, casual, matter-of-fact
approach, and make it fun.
Potty Training Tips For
Potty training is a major step toward independence
for your toddler. But as important and rewarding as it
is, it can also be frustrating for parents. Sometimes
it's hard to determine just when you should start, some
children are resistant to it, and setbacks may happen
along the way. For these reasons, many parents have lots
of questions about the subject.
The more you know going into potty training, the better
off you'll be. Here are a few pointers:
The average age for potty training is 2 to 3 years, but
it's important to make sure that your child is
physically, cognitively, and emotionally ready before
you begin. Signs include awareness on your child's part
that she is about to urinate or have a bowel movement, a
desire to be changed quickly when wet, and curiosity
about parents and others using the toilet.
Some parents begin using the elimination communication
method when their children are six months old or
younger. This involves learning the signs that your
child is about to go and taking her to the toilet before
she uses her diaper. This often makes potty training
easier when they are ready for it, but it does require a
certain amount of time and attention.
* If your child is resistant to potty training, figuring
out the reason behind it is the key to breaking through.
Sometimes it is a power struggle, in which case it may
help to reduce the pressure and find ways to encourage
your child to use the potty while letting her think it
is her idea. Other possible problems include changes
such as the birth of a sibling or divorce, fear of the
toilet, and medical problems.
* If you are getting nowhere with potty training, it's
possible that your child isn't emotionally ready. If she
shows no interest in using the potty whatsoever,
consider postponing training for a few weeks or months,
then trying again.
* Rewards are often helpful for children who are
reluctant to use the potty. Sticker charts are a common
tactic, but you could also use things such as small
toys, special trips, and extra bedtime stories as
* Some parents claim that using cloth diapers makes
potty training go faster. Cloth diapers allow toddlers
to feel moisture and discomfort when they have a wet or
dirty diaper, giving them a natural incentive to start
using the potty.
* Try not to make a big deal out of accidents or
setbacks. Keeping a positive outlook will give your
child the confidence she needs to succeed. If an
accident happens, letting her know that you have faith
that she will do better next time will do more to
encourage her than scolding.
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