Potty Training for Children
The right time for potty training is the time when your child is ready. The experts agree that the best time for potty training is the time after two years, and they stress that they should definitely not be forced. Forcing may affect them psychologically in a negative way. If the child cries when sitting on the toilet or potty seat, the best solution is to take them up immediately. They can gain the toilet habit by controlling them day and night, respectively at the age of two, three and a half and four. The aim is to control the behavior. Mothers generally want to overcome the toilet problem when their babies are 12-18 months old. However, the babies need their muscles to strengthen for feeling and holding their toilet. This can only occur when the child is 2 years old. The children, whose muscle control hasn’t developed, aren’t able to hold their toilet even if they feel it. Therefore, mothers should be patient. Unless an organic disorder occurs, there is no diapered child even at four and five years old.
When to Start Potty Training – How early should I start?
Time to be ready for potty training is specific to every children. Some of them show the signs between 18 and 24 months old while time lengthen out 30 months for some of them. Therefore, there is no specific age to start potty training. Most children start using toilet or potty between one and two. This is a new experience, so you should be calm. Finally, you will win. You will find some signs to help you below. Boys tend to be diapered longer than girls. However, most children are ready to use potty between 2nd and 3rd birthdays. Some children show no interest even after their 4th birthdays; most children are ready for potty training when they are about 18 months old.
How to Provide Potty Training
The day, when your children stop being diapered and start using toilet, is an important day for them. After all these preparations are completed, tell them that they don’t need the diapers anymore. Tell them not to use diapers anymore at least two and three days before you try this. Make them ready by saying “Tomorrow is an important day. Now you are growing up. We don’t use diapers anymore, and you will use toilet like mom and dad.”. Prefer simple sentences, which they can understand, beginning from the trial. Encourage them to tell when they need to use toilet. Appreciate them to tell you when they need to use toilet. Appreciate them for every success, show your pleasure with a smile, kiss or a prize. Don’t criticize for some failures which can be occur from time to time. This only demoralizes your children, and make things difficult for you. It is important not to give them liquid foods, to stop them from hyperactivity and make them relieve. It is essential to wake them up for toilet at a specific time at nights, for example; it is crucial to wake them up at 12-1 a.m. and keep them awake if they sleep at 9 p.m.
Steps for Potty Training
- Make potty seat appeal.
- Make trials.
- Reward your children.
- Diaper immediately if they wet the diaper.
- Teach them to tell when they wet the diaper.
- Keep potty seat in the room where they spend time mostly.
- Do not talk about potty seat if not they tell you they need toilet.
- Encourage them; do not enforce.
- Make them play an active role.
- Do not make the tasks boring; keep being humorist (e.g. let’s water the flowers).
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Don’ts While Potty Train Education
- Do not try to train children when they are negative and stubborn.
- Do not pressure or punish.
- Do not force them to set them on potty seat.
- Do not flush the toilet while they sit on potty seat; it might be fun to do it together.
- Do not remind of potty training constantly.
- Don’t dispute them.
- Don’t give the impression of giving a lot of importance to potty training; act normally.
- Do not expect perfection from children, it is normal that some accidents occur from time to time. DO NOT PUNISH.
Potty Training Resistance
This kind of children don’t tell to pee or poop; or they hold their poop (constipation).
- Give them responsibility.
- Place anything calling potty training on one side.
- Give your children initiative to use the toilet.
- Reward them.
- Try to change their attitude if they have never used the toilet.
- Remember to clean if they make the underwear dirty.
- Do not punish or reprimand for accidents.
- Ask them to do the same if you have a caretaker.
How to Tell Your Child Is Ready for Potty Training?
If your toddler isn’t ready for potty training yet, potty training can be really discouraging. Some signs to tell if your toddler is ready for potty training are listed below:
- Whether your toddler can understand some simple guidance or not.
- Consider their comprehension ability. Do they know the meaning of ”wet” or ”dry”? Do they have the ability to distinguish?
- Decide on whether your toddler can understand some terms related to the toilet. For example; pee, poop, toilet, potty. Could your toddler show where the potty or toilet is when you ask?
- Is your toddler enthusiastic about pleasing you? If you realize that, it is time to introduce them toilet or potty.
- Observe how long the diaper stays dry between the changes of diapers. That shows if your toddler can control over the muscles. This is that your child is being strengthened their muscles and show that begins to control the toilet.
- Observe when your bowel movement starts to be proper. This means that their bowel muscles have strengthened.
- Another important tip is desire to do something by themselves.
- Your toddler is willing to use the toilet. In this case, it is time to allow your children to start using their potty seat.
- Is your toddler able to take action to relieve themselves? Do they wear their pants and then take off them? You should notice that.
How to Start your Kids Potty Tain
- The clothing of your children should be easy to wear.
- Do not get angry and punish because of the accidents in the education process.
- If your toddler can’t still make their toilet after 3-4 trials, you should try again later.
- Teach your children wash their hands after using the potty.
- Do not force your child to use the potty. The more you force them, the more they resist you!
- Tell them use potty only if they need to make their toilet.
- Make sure that your day care center or nanny also have the same approach with you, and they apply the same method.
- Introduce your children to the words related to toilet early. While changing their diaper, you can do that by guiding them and confirming the words they use.
- Change the diaper as soon as possible when they wet themselves. Thus, you can deter them from feeling comfortable dirtily and being happy with that.
- Prefer a time when they continue their daily routines.
- Make the children comfortable with potty seats by showing that the potty seats own them. You can write your name on the potty or decorate with stickers. Leave the potty seat to a place visible to the children and make them understand what they are supposed to do. Encourage them to sit on potty seat while they are dressed but bare butt; thus, you can habituate them to do that.
- Decide on whether your toddler can understand some terms related to the toilet. For example; pee, poop, toilet, potty. Could your toddler show where the potty or toilet is when you ask?
- Allow your child to enter the bathroom with you. Tell them what you do there. Make toilet entertaining; tell them a story while you use toilet, and make them understand this is normal.
- Take off the diaper and tell them use toilet if your children start making their toilet at the same time every day. Fasten the diaper and try again the following day if they dislike that.
- Keep the potty seat available as soon as you feel them pee, and tell them that they have been grown and able to make their toilet like us if they pee.
- Appreciate your children, so they would like to do the same again.
Make It Entertaining your Potty Education:
- Get help from targets to teach boys pee standing up. Aiming at these targets on toilet is entertaining for them.
- If you don’t bother them to pee in garden, you can draw a picture on the tree or place targets on the tree.
- You can joke such as ”let’s go water flowers” when it is time to pee.
- Buy a doll with potty seat. You can teach them use potty seat by showing how their dolls use potty.
- Make up a story that tells a child who use potty seat or buy a story book about that.
How to Start Training
You can start by observing whether your children give reaction, feel uncomfortable. Your children need to understand and follow your guidance. If not they wet at least for three hours, you should ask whether you should put on underwear for practice, and ask whether they need to make toilet once in an hour in the first week, once in two hours in the second week, once in three hours in third week.
The Ideal Age for Potty Training
The development of the children’s bladder starts at the age of 15-18 months. The children make less urine at nights or stay dry. They start peeing once in three hours. That process can vary from 15 months to three years. The ideal age is between two and two and a half. It is remarkable to start potty training later than the old generations, because the children feel comfortable with diapers which keep them dry.
When It Isn’t the Right Time for Potty Training
Consult a specialist for the children, who often have a urinary system infection or problems with urinary system before the training. The best time is the time for pee control when you have a regular life. You should wait in case of moving, nanny changing, sickness or delectation. If your home is not warm enough in cold weather, you can wait for nice weather.
Whether You Should Diaper a Child Who Starts Potty Training at Nights
You should fasten diaper until they don’t wet, and you should never fasten diaper when they don’t wet the diaper. This accelerates the process.
What You Should Pay Attention for Potty Training
The environment, where the children sit on toilet, shouldn’t be too hot or cold; and their feet should touch the floor. Children should be said to be able to use toilet from now on, and be encouraged. They should pee while sitting. Boys can pee standing by the age of two and a half. Children shouldn’t be forced to pee, and not be said “Come on, hurry up!” You shouldn’t appreciate or criticize too much; this affects the period in a negative way. It is enough to say ”Well done.”.
Why They Don’t Want to Sit on Toilet
Some children might be afraid of the flush voice, and not want to sit on the seat again. They might feel uncomfortable with the smell of their poop, and not to want to do it again. Sometimes, they don’t want to poop in toilet for the reasons we can’t understand. The part of the parents is to make it entertaining, encourage them and not to reprimand them. You can hang posters of the characters they love on toilet, sing a song while going to toilet, or promise for playing a game or tell a story when they make toilet.
To Prevent the Possible Problems:
Continue to use diaper until your children want to give up them. If they face with the other peers with no diaper, you can’t believe how fast they could achieve that. Consult a specialist if your children couldn’t learn how to use toilet by 3 years old. You can be face with a conflict if there is no physical problem. Try to understand their feelings by asking ”what” and ”how” questions if they refuse to use toilet. Think up an idea about playing fields in a quiet place. Give them limited options.
How Long Potty Training Lasts
Every child is different. Generally, bowel control is established firstly. Most children are successful at bowel and daytime urine control at the age of three or four. They may need a couple of months and even years in order to stay dry at nights. Most girls and 25% of boys at the age of five can stay dry at nights. However, bedwetting is common in childhood, and the control age is determined by genetic factors. Ask your mother how old you managed to stay dry before you get angry!
Another point to be emphasized is the cleaning habits to get them adopt along potty training. You can get them adopt these habits along potty training. It can be said there is no child who dislike to play with water. If you can use this interest properly, potty training will be easier and more entertaining.
Allowing your children to play with water and soap whenever they relieve themselves cause them to use toilet voluntarily. Your children will gain this habit with a right and helpful training in a short time. Some accidents during the training are normal. You should think about a physiological and psychological problems and consult a specialist if your children keep piss themselves insistently. If there is a problem, it is important to determine that early in order not to be a problem for the children and family at a future time. It is normal to have a problem with potty training by primary school age. There can be serious problems if they are over that age. All the problems arrive at a solution with sympathy and patience of the families.
Potty training lasts about one month. You should minimize sightseeing, shopping and visits within that period. If you need to go, then you should take the potty seat with you. The training will be interrupted if mother uses diaper as a precaution in different environments. You should observe what time children poop, and accordingly make them sit on the potty seat. You should give them liquid and fibrous food, and the children should not be constipated.
Potty Training Tips by Experts & Doctors
One of the most important stages of a child turning into an individual is the potty training. We spoke with Dr. Asya Armagan, Child and Adolescent Psychology Expert at Hisar Intercontinental Hospital, about potty training and duties of the families during this process.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Expert Dr. Asya Armagan mentions that potty training process is the period that a child starts to feel his or her own bodily sensations, learns to tell his or her needs and to take responsibility and to get to know his or her bodily limits and continues:
“Toilet habit is mostly gained at around the age of 2. This is a period that the child will not adjust to others’ suggestions easily and have very frequent conflicts.
While the child keeps on growing up on the way to be an independent individual, he or she is in the struggle of keeping a balance between his or her own independence and the approval of others. Also the meaning that the child assigns to the poo and pee is far different from the grown-ups.
Children mostly have interest on the particles that originate from their own bodies. Those bodily products are as precious as their body.
While the parents are rewarding their child for getting rid of those particles, the child gets confused because he or she would not want to be separated from his or her precious part. The child, peeing or pooping to the toilet is more like a gift for his or her parents to make them happy.
If the parents can give the message to the child, that sitting on the toilet is something for the child’s own good and comfort, this might help to get things easier. When the child gets encouraged enough for his or her independence by the parents, the child will get more self-confident and this will lead to easier improvement.
It is not only your child who needs to be ready for the potty training, it is also you!
It is very important to start to potty training at the time, when the child’s care taker is ready enough as well as the child. Other factors should not affect the timing of potty training, such as the progress of other children of the same age, pre-schools only accepting the children who already had the potty training or the pressure by family elders on the parents etc.
Before starting to potty training, parents should be sure that the child has his or her muscles developed, gained the ability to express himself or herself and is psychologically healthy at that period.
To know that your child is ready for the potty training,
*does your child walk?
*can your child understand your commands?
*can your child tell his or her wills by talking
*does your child stay dry for 2-3 hours in a day
*can your child tell his or her discomfort after wetting his or her underclothes?
If your answer is yes to these questions, your child might be ready for potty training.
The most convenient period for potty training is between 24-36 months. But if the following situations exist, potty traning might need to be postponed even if the child is at the suitable age:
*if the child has recently experienced some significant changes like new babysitter, birth of a sibling, moving to a new house or death of a relevant
*if the child has been suffering from constipation
*if the care-taker who is going to give the potty training, has been having psychological troubles or working too hard lately
Potty training before right time might cause anxiety for your child!
Starting to potty training when the child is not yet ready and putting pressure on the child might cause psychological problems on the child. The child will think that he or she is not satisfying his or her parents’ expectations and consequently will have the feeling of unsuccess. Because of this unsuccess, the child will fear to lose his or her parents’ love. If potty training begins earlier than the proper time, the child will have the impression that cleanness, tidiness and control cause positive feelings on the parents. This way the child will relate tidiness and cleanness with parents’ love.
So if the child thinks that he or she cannot satisfy the parents, will be afraid of losing his or her parents love and grow the anxiety of being left alone. Along with these, early potty-training might give the feeling that his or her body is under other people’s control, not his or her own. But not giving the potty training will also have negative effect on the psychology of the child too.
While potty training your child..
While potty training your child, your prior duty to support and encourage your child, not to take full responsibility.
Don’t overreact to your child’s behaviours during the training process. It is also likely to experience regression or fluctuation, as well as the positive progress. It is very important not to get angry and to always be patient during the potty training. And if the child keeps overreacting to potty training, you should not be insistent and should decide to keep the training on hold until the child is ready.
At the beginning to potty training, each day you should keep on bringing your child to potty in regular periods, this will make it easier for your child to get in the habit. You can bring some toys with your child to practice sitting on the toilet, meanwhile explain digestion simply to your child. You can tell him or her that how the food is thrown out of the body, and is replaced with new food when he or she eats, so that he or she can leave pee or poo in the toilet.
During potty training period, you should prefer clothes that your child can easily put on or take out. You can let your child take off his or her clothes, turn on the lights and flush by himself or herself as long as he or she wants too. When your child participates into process, he or she will have the feeling that he or she has the control on the process.
If you observe your childs’ behaviours closely and lead him or her to potty training at correct time, it will make the training easier. Instead of asking your child regularly if he or she needs toilet, it is more convenient to take him or her to toilet and check often. Girls often take their mothers and boys take their fathers as example and like to observe them, so you can take advantage of it.
* It is both incorrect to over react and give exaggerated rewards when your child pees to the diaper or to get angry if your child wets his or her clothes.
* You should not tell your child anything that can cause him or her to be embarrassed after he or she pees or poos to the toilet.
* Once you start the potty training you should stop using diapers. If you keep on using diapers, it will cause the potty training period to become longer.
* It is normal for every child to sometimes wet himself or herself during the potty training period. In this case you should not punish or get angry at your child.
* For your child it is easier to control toilet during daytime rather than night time.
* The duration of potty training period may differ from child to child.
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