An Easy To Follow Guide:
Potty training a child can be a challenging and time-consuming process, but with patience and consistency, it can be done effectively.
Each child's journey out of diapers is essentially up to the kid, they may be an eager fast learner or they may simply be disinterested and would rather do anything but learn how to use the potty.
Here are 4 steps to help you potty train your child:
Introduce the concept of using the potty: Start by introducing your child to the concept of using the potty using a potty chair, not an adult potty at first. Explain to them what it is, why we use it, and how it works so they don't get intimidated. It takes a little sitting time before they sense what it is that you want them to do, even once they have done the deed it takes some practice to keep the momentum going.
- Establish a routine & make clean up a breeze: Establish a regular routine for your child to use the potty. For example, you may have them sit on the potty first thing in the morning, after meals, and before bedtime. We found that using the potty chair as a "special" chair, making it an event while they are fully clothed, reading a book for no longer than two minutes helps. Be consistent with this routine to help your child develop good habits. To clean up any messy bottoms, we love spraying our malo. nappy rash spray on some toilet tissue to help wipe and keep their bottom free from any irritation and make cleaning up less of a hassle.
Offer rewards: The aim is not to reward pooping or peeing but to reward sitting on a potty so you do not cause performance anxiety. Encourage your child to use the potty by offering rewards and praise when they are successful. This can be something as simple as a stamp on the back of their hand or a high-five. Avoid using punishment or shaming if your child has accidents as they may be afraid of failing and you can undermine their confidence.
Be patient and consistent: Potty training can take time and there can be setbacks, children get sick, there maybe a holiday planned to disrupt routine or they may even begin to get scared to poop, so be patient with your child and yourself. It's not always a straight path to follow. If your child is not ready, don't force them. Instead, take a break and try again in a few days or weeks. Consistency is key, so continue with your routine even if your child has accidents.
Remember, every child is different and may potty train at their own pace. It can be a case of two steps forward, one step back.
If your child is ready for the potty, you can expect that it may take from a few weeks to a few months, it is all about consistency so stay positive, keep things fun, and celebrate each success along the way.