Get Potty Training Advice Before Your Toddler is Ready
Teaching your toddler how to go potty doesn’t have to be difficult, but for many parents it’s the cause of much stress for them and tantrums or accidents for your toddler. Much of this is normal but we’re here to help with some friendly advice.
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IntroductionTeaching your child to start using the potty or toilet is a great and a very exciting experience for you both. Mothers and guardians or child minders are advised that they should stay very positive and calm no matter how challenging this training may become. It may seem like ages before the child gets used to using the potty, but do not lose hope. Do not pressure your child. Relax and let them learn at their own pace. Encourage your child with positive reminders and stories. It is a child's desires to make their parents happy thus praising him or her is powerful encouragements that will make the child learn faster. If the training is done in a proper way, majority of the kids learn and adopt the idea very fast. Although some children may take quite some time before getting this idea, but eventually they do learn to use the potty. Mothers, guardians or child minders should wait for signs show that the child is ready for the potty training.
- Flush the toilet with your child standing outside the door. It may take a while for him or her to get used to this. When it stops being so scary from the outside, it’s time to move to the next step.
- Have your child step into...
- Stay dry for longer periods of time.
- Complain about wet and dirty nappies.
- Communicate through facial expressions whenever they are ready to go.
- Can follow basic instructions.
- Pull their pants up and take them off on their own.
Introducing night time potty trainingPotty training is the process of teaching a toddler how to control their bodily functions while urinating and defecating while using a potty chair. Nevertheless, this procedure is generally intended to teach children to use the toilet during the day. A separate but related night time potty training is also needed to teach your child stay dry at night during sleep to prevent bed-wetting behaviour. Here are some night time potty training ideas. Like in the usual potty training, this kind of training has a prerequisite because it requires preparation on the part of the child to make it possible for at all. The toddler must already have experience on day potty training before, and he or she must be familiar enough with the bed and have the ability to get on and off it.
Night time ideasHere are some Night time potty training tips to help your child.
- Dry diaper in the morning - Your child should have been woken up at least three to four mornings with a dry diaper or pull-up to start the night potty teaching.
- Establish a good routine- Taking him/her or...
Raising twins gives parents twice the dose of everything and that includes potty training. The good news is that each twin can be a positive influence on the other because peer pressure is a powerful force. The duo can motivate each other to get with the potty program.
Train twins to use pottyLook for the signs that show that your twins are ready to start using the potty. If they feel uncomfortable and seek privacy when they have wet their nappies or ask to be changed, this is a strong sign that they are ready for some potty training.
1. Don’t Stress Yourself Trying To Train The Twins At The Same TimeIf you have paternal twins like a boy and a girl, they will learn at different times, probably a year apart. All children are different but most parents will rush into training them at the same time. If you are lucky, the less eager twin will somehow show some interests and catch up with one who is ready for potty classes.
2. Buy Two Different PottiesThere are some things that twins can’t share and a potty is one of...
The proper language to useIt’s highly recommended to use the same word each and every time as this will allow your child to learn faster. Using different words for the same product or meaning maybe contradicting to both young and older toddlers. Always ensure that the first word you introduced your child to is the same word you will use until the kid grows old enough to learn from their friends or other family members. It’s also highly advisable to always talk to your child when changing nappy and washing them. In doing this, you give your child the opportunity to easily understand the basics and this makes the child to easily use the potties as they will know when to ask for it when a call comes through. Obscene words such as "sh*t" or "crap" should be highly discouraged...
I was asked via a random Twitter post to review the following iOS application called Potty Trainer++. So let's get started.
Free to installPotty Trainer++ is one of those free to install apps that offer in app purchases. To start with, I'm not a huge fan of in app purchases but I also know it's a great way to get exposure to your app and encourage customers to initially download your app then make some money from offering purchases from within the app.
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Potty training: True life experienceI have a 29 month old son called Aethyn. He's at that stage where going to the toilet is something he's becoming aware of and it peaks his curiosity when Daddy goes.
How to tell if my son is ready to potty trainAlthough he's not quite ready to do full blown potty training, here's some things I've noticed. I've split the observations into ready to start toilet training and not ready. These are true life observations, not some doctor randomly regurgitating information from various sources.
Ready to Potty Train
- He frequently wakes up after his nap with a dry nappy This is good. It means he has bladder control which will allow him to hold onto his wee until he makes it to the potty.
- He knows all of the important key words for potty training
- He get's uncomfortable when he's got a poo in his nappy (he doesn't like to sit down)
- He is curious when daddy goes to pee and help to flush afterwards
- When we have nappy free time, he knows to go to the potty to have a wee.
Not Ready to start potty training
- He doesn't always tell us...
Day Time Sorted?Potty training for night time is very different from your day time success (it has been a success, yes? If not we'd recommend getting daytime potty training sorted). It's important to keep the two skills separate and not expect that because your child is daytime potty trained that he'll automatically be adept at staying dry during the night.
SignsIf you're toddler isn't in his own toddler bed yet (still in a crib with safety bars) then he's not yet ready. Here are some other signs to determine if your toddler is on the right track:
- Is he already day time potty trained?
- Can get out of bed at night if necessary?
- Does he wake up in the morning regularly with a dry nappy?
- If he wakes up and the nappy is full but has warm urine he still may be ready.
- Does he call out to go to the toilet during the night?
- If he's already in his own toddler bed, does he get up to ask to go potty?
PreparationIf you've been successful at daytime toilet training, you'll already have a great vocabulary going with your little one. He'll understand what a...
Nobody thinks of going to the toilet as a fun experience (well, maybe Dads with the sports section), but for your child they're not going to want to unless there is something in it for them. Praise will work a lot of the time, kids really want to make their mummies and daddies happy but if you add that new element of fun you'll be surprised to see how well your toddler reacts.If you use a little imagination (and if you have none at the moment because you're exhausted, I have some inspiration below), your little one may be more likely to stay motivated. 1The most common tip is to leave books next to the toilet so she (or Dad :) ) can read them whenever she has to go. 2Drop some different coloured food colouring into the toilet and let your child see the water turning different colours. Blue or Red works best as it mixes with urine to produce green or orange. 3Even the most focused child may start to lose interest, if...