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For most parents, Potty training girls or boys – toddlers – is not something they look forward to. After all, who wants to have to deal with dirty diapers, soiled clothes – and sometimes rugs, cars, chairs, etc.? While the issue may have the additional issues of fear and insecurity for new “first-time” parents, even seasoned parents dread the idea.
Fortunately, training toddlers how to use a child potty seat, or toddler toiled seat, doesn’t have to be as difficult, traumatic, and long as most parents think it will be. As a rule, potty training for girls tends to happen sooner than it does for boys. For all you male chauvinists out there, well I don’t know what to tell you, other than that it is well documented. For whatever reason, girls seem to be able to develop this skill much quicker than boys do.
Part of the reason might be that boys have two “modes” to have to learn. Urinating for boys isn’t the same as learning the protocol for “number 2″. And as many parents know, few toddlers can really discern the difference between the two when they have to relieve themselves. They just have to go. So boys have to learn not only two different skills, but to be able to know the difference in what they’re feeling – even when what feels like a ‘simple’ need to urinate might end up with both.
There are also a slew of products to help parents with their potty training period that weren’t available years ago. As a result, particularly for new or newer parents, they assume the toiled training will consist of mistakes followed by verbal instruction and reinforcement, followed by mistakes, followed by more verbal instruction, and on & on until something starts to catch on. In most parents minds, this might be a very, very long period!
The reality is that if begun at the right stage in their development, potty training toddlers doesn’t have to be a long, drawn-out timeframe. In fact, many parents who begin their training at the right time find that they can achieve at least partial success – meaning few and far between “accidents” in just a matter of a few months! This should come as some relief to those rearing babies that have this endless nightmare scenario in mind!
Whether you’re potty training girls, boys, or both, do your homework. Learn the stages at which to begin, follow through with consistency, and you’ll come out the other side realizing it wasn’t nearly as bad as had been assumed. And of course, once you’re done, you’re done. Until the next child…!
In any event, potty training toddlers isn’t a fun exercise, nor one any parent looks forward to. Fortunately, you can follow these tips to make it a bit easier and quicker. And of course, once you’ve successfully finished, you’re all done – forever!
Potty training toddlers can be tricky business, pun intended. When most toddlers do their business on the toilet, it can get a little messy. There is a lot of conflicting advice out there that can make the task even more difficult. If your toddler is ready to ditch the diapers, then he or she may just need a little get toilet training to get them started.
What most parents don’t know is that there are certain signs to watch out for when your child is ready for toilet training. It is not merely an arbitrary decision that gets him ready for toilet training. There are several critical factors to watch out for specifically. This list should come in handy when you are trying to discover the exact moment that your child is ready for toilet training.
If your child has bowel movements at roughly the same time every day, wakes up dry from a night of sleep, knows when he or she has to use the toilet, understands the association between dry diapers and using the toilet, can pull his or her pants down without any assistance, lets the parent know when he or she has spoiled the diaper, can follow easy directions like let’s go to the potty, understands toilet training vocabulary, imitates other family members, shows interests and asks questions when you use the toilet, wants to do things by themselves, enjoys washing their hands to keep clean, gets upset when their belongings are moved, and wants to please you.
When you’re ready to start, go to the store and purchase some toilet training books. Read these aloud to your child, and purchase toilet training pants and a toilet chair. Bring your child with you when you are purchasing the toilet training pants, and let him or her pick out their favorite ones. Ones with cartoon characters that your child likes may encourage him or her to do toilet training with some facility and ease. You can also purchase disposable training pants if you’re not sure about spending a lot of money on toilet training pants.
If you have some difficulty in getting your child to develop an interest in toilet training, then consider reading him or her when they’re toilet training or offer some other incentive. Children respond to nothing better than candy. Make sure your child has sufficient amounts of good fruits, vegetables, and juice in order to get the poop to come out effortlessly. If your child has a negative experience with toilet training, then he may be turned off from the experience all together. Make sure that his stools are sufficiently softened by the intake of a lot of fiber so that he doesn’t have a negative experience when he is on the toilet.
Toilet training can drive even the most patient parents into extended exasperation so follow the steps listed in this article assiduously, and you’ll have no problem in getting the child to start toilet training. Even the most stubborn kids will want to toilet train when you show them the incentives for doing so. Rewarding children for toilet training is amusing to both parents and children, and you can recount the experience in later years when the child grows up. Children need a whole lot of discipline when they’re growing up, but toilet training is one area where that doesn’t need to take place.
When it comes to potty training toddlers, close observation of your child’s elimination patterns is necessary for all parents and child caretakers. Children, nearing three years of age, are usually ready to begin this process. Sometime after two years old, some children begin to develop a new pattern of going to a certain part of the house when they are about to defecate – and it’s not always the bathroom! This behavior exhibits a toddler’s ability to recognize what their body is preparing to do, as well as control the action. Rather tha n assume that your child is playing a game of hide-and-seek, your toddler may be non-verbally expressing the need for some amount of privacy while she releases her bowels or urinates. These three signs – feeling the need to eliminate, possessing the ability to hold it, and going to a place where he or she is comfortable enough to release their waste is critical in the development of toddlers.
Parents who have observed this pattern should then take it upon themselves to gently lead their toddler to the bathroom – away from the hiding place. With baby potty training, assurance is critical; a child should not be made to feel that he or she did something wrong by not going directly to the right place. It is best to have a potty already in place in the bathroom, so that your child is familiar with it, eliminating a new distraction, which she may assume is a toy.
The beginning stage of potty training girls does not mean that you must immediately remove your child’s diapers before allowing him or her to sit on it. Once the potty is no longer a novelty, then you might begin to prod your child towards the next step of urinating or defecating into it. By now, you are probably aware of your toddler’s elimination clock, which is usually within a half hour after a meal, or after drinking. Within that time frame is the perfect opportunity for you to lead your child to the potty, assist him or her with taking off their diapers, and allow them to calmly sit on the potty for 5 -10 minutes.
Potty training stages vary from baby to baby. What may be the “right” age or time for one child may not be the right time for another child. In fact, development training stages aren’t hard and fast, and some children pick up different stages in different orders.
While you may not always be successful in the initial timing, eventually your toddler will know when they are ready. Remember, potty training toddlers should feel comfortable and relaxed during this natural stage of learning and development. Criticizing, or behaving in a manner less than calm, will postpone success.
“Stages In Potty Training Toddlers” written by Brenne Meirowitz.