Let’s face it, children are comfortable in diapers and it’s the only way they know how to eliminate. Getting a child out of diapers and onto the potty can be quite challenging but definitely one of the most important milestones in a young child’s life.
Many parents struggle to find a good solution to get their young child out of diapers. Believe it or not, 60% of parents have issues with potty training usually due to a combination of bad advice, trial and error and lack of knowledge. This can lead to a stressful situation for both child and parent.
Delaying training can also lead to mental and health risks for the child. Imagine the complete embarrassment for a child who is 4 years old or close to going to Kindergarten where they are the only one not potty trained. A child who is having a difficult and stressful time transitioning to a toilet can develop unresolved constipation issues. In this situation, a child can actually prevent themselves from eliminating and intestinal problems can appear. This can be very serious but the good news is it can be avoided.
More often than not, new parents listen to advice from friends and family on how to potty train a toddler. Unfortunately, what works for one child might not be suitable for another. Here are some things that you should not do when trying to potty train.
1. You keep buying fancy training aids because it seems so convincing.
Sometimes simpler is better and a big fancy training aid might just confuse and complicate the situation.
2. You try a seemingly popular technique and it doesn’t work so you completely abandon it.
As with anything with kids, consistency is the key. Most things do not work right away but if you believe in it, keep working at it.
3. You let the child run the show because they must know when they need to go right?
Kids need guidance and direction. They need to be shown what to do over and over again before it finally clicks for them. Repetition is important.
Make sure your child is ready for potty training. This will ensure a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone. Here’s how you will know your child is ready.
1. The child can stay dry for lengthy periods (usually hours).
2. The child understands and can follow simple instructions.
3. The child is aware of what is going on.
4. Most importantly, the child shows interest in using the toilet and getting out of diapers.