The Right Time To Ditch Nappies:
A huge milestone for children is the jump from wearing nappies to using the toilet, it is usually their first "big" accomplishment but there's usually a lot of anxiety (on mum's part) to get the little one nappy free.
Most children are ready to start toilet training between the ages of 2 and 3 years old, although this can vary depending on the child's individual development and readiness.
Some signs that a child may be ready to start toilet training include:
- Showing interest in using the toilet or watching others use it
- Staying dry for longer periods of time during the day
- Being able to communicate when they need to use the toilet
- Being able to pull their pants up and down on their own
- Having regular bowel movements
It's important to keep in mind that every child is different, and there is no one "right" age to start toilet training. Some children may start earlier or later than others, and it's important to be patient and supportive throughout the process.
Once a child has successfully transitioned to using the toilet, they can stop wearing nappies during the day. However, it's common for children to continue wearing nappies at night for some time after they have mastered daytime toilet training.
This is because the ability to stay dry at night is a separate developmental milestone that can take longer to achieve. It's important to be patient and supportive during this process, and not to pressure your child to stop wearing nappies before they are ready.
The age at which children stop wearing nappies at night varies widely and is largely dependent on individual developmental factors. Some children may stop wearing nappies at night as early as 2 years old, while others may continue to need them until they are 4 or 5 years old.
It is important to remember that bedwetting is a common issue that affects many children, and it is not necessarily a sign of a problem or delay in development. However, if your child is consistently wetting the bed beyond the age of 5 or 6, it may be worth consulting with a healthcare provider to rule out any underlying medical or emotional issues.
In general, you can encourage your child to stop wearing nappies at night by gradually reducing the amount of liquid they consume before bedtime and by encouraging them to use the toilet before going to sleep.
Additionally, it can be helpful to create a consistent bedtime routine that includes using the toilet and changing into dry pyjamas before going to bed. If your child continues to have accidents at night, consider using waterproof bedding or mattress protectors to make clean-up easier.
Please remember that your feelings of frustration are valid but be mindful of the fact that your baby isn't the first nor the last to go through this period of adjustment, it may feel like your getting no where but you'll get the hang of it and eventually nappies will be a thing of the past.
Take a deep breath, accidents happen so expect that it will be messy.... but nothing some paper towels and some detergent won't fix!