Getting your toddler to perform toileting independently is a welcome
milestone for any parent. Few of us want to be changing diapers much past
the child’s second birthday. However, children vary greatly in their adoption
of the potty routine which is influenced by a child’s innate ability, aptitude
and maturity. However, there several tips and techniques you can use to
hasten the blessed day when your toddler says: “Mommy, I did potty by myself”.
1) Get your child ready - explain to your child that it's time to do
"pee-pee" and "poo-poo" in the potty. Promote the benefits of being trained
such as no more diaper rash, interruptions for diaper changing, being clean
and dry. Discuss training as an important stage of growing up.
2) Make it fun – first and foremost, make this a game. Children will
naturally resist anything which is not framed as a fun learning experience.
Use play, music, toys, and stories as part of the experience to keep the
child from getting bored or distracted.
3) Create a ritual – try to make the experience repeatable so your child
knows what to expect each time and gets into the routine of sitting and
staying on the potty.
4) Use props – use of books, toys, videos and music all help create
an atmosphere of fun and enjoyment which is so essential.
5) Time it right – Try repeating the process every hour for 2 to 4 minutes.
If you can do this close to times your child usually has a bowel movement
or urination, such as just after a meal, even better.
6) Be prepared - If you are traveling or away from home, bring a folding,
plastic adapter ring that fits onto an adult toilet seat is useful. Extra
tissue and wipes will be useful in bathrooms that are short on supplies.
7) Give praise – give you child social praise for sitting on the potty
patiently or for staying dry. If the potty routine is successful, consider
some reward (e.g. special prize, book or foods) that are especially valued.
8) Show your child how to clean up - demonstrate how to wash hands and
dry hands on a towel.
Remember that training you child takes patience and perseverance. Staying
on task and being consistent send an important message to your child. Above
all, don’t let your child feel forced. It’s important to keep the whole
experience fun and enjoyable for the best results.
About The Author
Jacqueline Courtiol, M.A. Ed. is a veteran teacher, mother and business
owner. She is the founder of http://www.coliccalm.com
a provider of natural homeopathic remedies for relief of infant colic and
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