Potty-training is among the major achievements of early childhood. However, for your child to master it, he/she has to be emotionally and biologically ready. Different children are ready at different ages; but this has nothing to do with their personality, intelligence or motivation.
Potty-training involves bringing together a set of individual skills in a certain way, such as the ability to interpret the body signals, undressing, ability to control the bladder, bowels and washing the hands. Your child will need to possess some of these skills before beginning to potty-train him, or you’ll not succeed.
How Do I Potty Train My Daughter?
You can possibly miss some stages of your daughter’s growth but changing her diapers is not among them. You will need time and patience and a high level of motivation and cooperation to teach your daughter to use a potty.
Experts say that girls learn how to use potty earlier than boys because they are not easily distracted. Also, children with older siblings to imitate are easier to potty train.
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It is advisable to start potty training your child when she has the ability to do so. While some children begin as young as 1 ½ year, others will be prepared when they are 3 or even 4.
There is no need to potty train your daughter when she is not emotionally or physically ready because the process will take much longer.
Wondering how to potty train your child, the following tips will help:
Allow her to watch and learn
Kids learn by imitation, and when she watches you use the bathroom is a step closer.
Allowing your daughter to see you sit down while weeing and her father stand will help her know how girls and boys pee differently.
To get your daughter used to the idea of using the potty, begin by making her sit on the potty without her nappy on. You can show her how to sit on it using a doll.
Don’t worry if she resists and don’t pressure her because you’ll ruin the whole process.
Motivate her to use the potty
Just like adults, your daughter will require motivation when learning a new thing. You can spark her interest in potty training by going with her to shop knickers of her choice. Talk with her in advance and she will be excited to use potty and wear potty just like adults.
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What are the Signs that Your Toddler is Ready to Potty Train?
The following signs will show you that your toddler is ready for potty training.
- Changing fewer diapers – children below 20 years usually pee frequently. However, as they grow older, they can stay dry for more than one hour. This shows that your child’s bladder is developing and are physically ready for potty training.
- When your child knows that he/she is wet or have a dirty nappy
- When he/she knows when peeing and tells you when doing it
- He/she goes somewhere hidden when they want to pee
- He/she says when they want to pee
What Age Should a Child Be Potty Trained by?
Most parents potty train their children when they are under three years. Some parents will even start training their children to use potty when they are only one year. Others, however, are ready to go through ten sets of diapers in a day before potty training their kids.
But what is the ideal age to start potty training your child? You ask.
In reality, there is no magic age to start potty training your child. Children learn the art of potty training with time. There isn’t a formula that your child should go through in order to be potty trained.
Just like children learned how to crawl and walk without being coached and most parents were excited and relaxed when their children were going through this process. Parents should also know that children will be using the potty when they are physically and emotionally ready.
A child will be ready to be potty trained when he is able to hold his bladder for one or two hours. However, most children reach between 2 and 4 years before they are ready to be potty trained.
How Do You Potty Train a Boy in 3 Days
This plan can work well for children who are younger than 3, are ready to potty train and parents are ready to commit. You can do this as follows:
- As soon as your boy wakes up, let him remain naked below the waist
- When your child shows for signs to pee, carry him to the potty and direct him to pee at the potty
- Have your boy drink a lot of water and fluids so he would pee more often
- When your boy pees inside the potty (even a few drops), you should praise him
- If he pees outside the potty, don’t yell at him
- Before bedtime, make sure he goes to the potty
- Put a diaper on him before putting him to sleep
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- Repeat what you did on day 1
- After nap time, take a stroll with your son for about 30 minutes and bring a potty with you
- Have your child wear loose pant without underwear
- Repeat what you did on day 1
- After the nap, walk for about 30 minutes just like you did on day 2
- Before leaving the house each time, let him use a potty
- Let him wear loose pants with nothing underneath
When you’re out, bring with you a portable potty in the case he needs to pee. Toilet training is a very important milestone in the life of both parents and toddlers. The child starts to understand the body’s signals and acts accordingly. Every child is unique and will behave and respond differently to potty training measures. Do not get frustrated or panicky. The child has an innate wish to please the adult, so encourage and motivate her/him to use the potty. If you are still facing a problem you feel is not resolving, it is best to see a health care practitioner.