Published On: Mar 20 2013 03:52:29 PM CDTUpdated On: Mar 22 2013 08:45:10 AM CDT
Potty training can be a stressful time for parents and children. To help ease the process, try following these tips.
When to start: The Mayo Clinic says children are typically ready to start being potty trained around the age of 2, but some aren’t physically or emotionally ready until they are a bit older.
Is your child ready? The Mayo Clinic says there are some key signals to watch for to determine if your child is ready to be potty trained. Some of these include: showing interest in the potty chair or toilet; telling you or showing you when they have to go to the bathroom; keeping their diaper dry for two hours or longer throughout the day; the ability to pull his or pants up and down and the ability to sit on and get up from the potty chair.
Big changes coming? You might want to hold off on potty training if you know your child is about to experience big changes in his or her life. According to the Mayo Clinic, the arrival of a new sibling or moving into a new house can complicate the potty-training process.
Have the right attitude: Before you begin potty training your child, first make sure you have the right attitude for the process. The Mayo Clinic suggests keeping a sense of humor and positive attitude throughout the process.
Get familiar with the chair:It’s important to get your child familiar with his or her potty chair. The Mayo Clinic suggests encouraging your child to sit on the potty chair – even with his or her diaper on – just to get used to it. Make sure to tell your child what the potty chair for and why it is used.
Spend time ‘trying’: When first training your child, allow them to sit on the potty chair for a few minutes several times a day, the Mayo clinic suggests. Give them toys to play with or even a book to read as they “try” to go to the bathroom in the potty chair. It’s important to praise your child while he or she is sitting there and “trying.”
For boys – sit, then stand:The Mayo Clinic suggests first teaching boys to use the potty chair while sitting. Once they are more trained, then you can show them how to urinate while standing.
Watch for signs: When you see signs that your child needs to use the bathroom, try to get them to a toilet as fast as possible. The Mayo Clinic says this will help them learn to recognize the signs that they need to use the bathroom.
Give them the honors: When your child uses the potty chair or toilet, let them have the honors of flushing it!
Incentive charts: To help keep your child interested in potty training, you might want to give them incentives. The Mayo Clinic suggests having them put stickers on a chart, or rewarding them with more time at the park or more stories at bedtime.
Shopping trip!:When it appears your child is on the road to success with potty training and is about ready to be out of diapers, celebrate the event by going shopping for new, big-kid underwear, the Mayo Clinic suggests.
Dress appropriately: While your child is still working on potty training, try to keep him or her in outfits that are easy for them to take off so they can go to the bathroom. The Mayo Clinic suggests avoiding overalls during this time.
Prepare for nighttime: Overnight potty training can take a lot longer to master than daytime training. The Mayo Clinic says it can take years for some kids to master overnight bladder control. For these reasons, consider having your child sleep in disposable training pants or putting a plastic mattress cover on his or her bed.
When to postpone training: If you’ve been trying to potty train your child for a few weeks and he or she is resisting the process and not catching on, you might want to consider taking a break and trying again later. You child might just not be ready to be potty trained yet.