Potty training is an important aspect in each and every child. This however is very distressful for most families. This is so when one begins to train the child when they are not ready yet. There is no specific age for one to begin training their child. However, most children acquire the basic skills when they are aged between the ages of eighteen months and three years. Girls start to potty train months earlier compared to boys. When a child achieves everything does not necessarily mean that they are ready to use the potty. Spotting a certain trend that depicts independence and understanding of using the toilet like grownups is enough sign for readiness to start potty training. Here are signs to show your child is ready for potty training.
Change in behavior.
One of the changes includes changing of the babies nappies less often just as there are long periods of wet nappies. If the child has a dirty or wet nappy after a meal or drink and then remains dry for a long time is an indication that they are ready. If the child enjoys being praised or indicates a willingness to please others shows signs to begin training.
Cognitive signs to potty train.
If the child becomes aware of the body functions is a step to start potty training. A child is ready when they begin to follow and understand simple requests and instructions given to them, if they tell you that they have done a poo or wee even after already doing it is a step to understanding their bladder and bowel movements, they have the words for poo and wee and imitate an adult as they go to ease themselves or show signs that they are aware of what is happening inside them. This will be shown through grunting, holding onto the nappy or stopping any activity.
Some of the physical signs to potty train include having formed, soft and regular poos and occurring at specific times, does not poo in the night, stays dry for at least one or two hours or wakes up in the morning with a dry diaper or nappy. This shows that the muscles in the bladder have developed in order to store and hold his or her wee. If the child manages to pull the pants up and down with minimal assistance and shows some interest when they see you going to the toilet, then it is the right time for them to learn the habit of using the potty. Consider the following tips to avoid tears when training your child.
It is important to choose the right potty so as to ensure your child is comfortable. You could choose a special seat or a good sized one.
Buy a video or a picture book with information on training and go through it with your child. This ensures that both of you are ready for the training.
You are bound to undergo a lot of accidents. This is a normal occurrence. Change the child and encourage them to use the toilet or potty during the next episode.
Train your child to use the potty.