Toilet training or potty training is one of the most essential aspects of bring up a child. Attaining the goal of a toilet trained child is one of the achievements for any parent. A process where in the child is taught when and how to use a potty is termed as potty training a child.
Toilet training a child can be extremely demanding. It is also very time consuming as you need to devote a lot of time when potty training your child. But toilet training can be made easy and less stressful when done at a right age or time without pressurizing your child.
In fact if right methods are used toilet training your child can become an enjoyable achievement and milestone in your little one’s life. Usually a child is said to be ready for potty training by the age of two but some children are ready even before they turn two. Observe your child to look for signs of readiness for toilet training.
Importance Of Potty Training
Potty or toilet training is the most important and one of the major milestones in the development of your child. It is the most anticipated stage amongst parents as they see their little babies slowly grow into toddlers.
Potty training your child is a contentious process and can take several months. Many parents start toilet training their child early while some let the child take his/her time and do not hurry. Potty training can be stressful not only for parents but also for children. But once accomplished it gives a great sense of accomplishment to a child.
A potty should never be used as any kind of punishment and can be stressful for the child. Different children have different preferences when it come to comfort, some prefer potty chairs while some like low potty chair that can be kept on the floor and some may prefer potty seat attachments.
Usually a child is considered to be ready for potty training between the age of 18 to 36 months as they have better bowel control and can communicate easily. Generally girls take lesser time to be potty trained than boys. Some children may take even longer to be potty trained but will be sooner or later. If a child above the age of 3 years does not show any interest in using the potty or does not have control over bowels or urination you need to consult a pediatrician.
Look For The Signs Of Readiness
There are certain signs that a child may show when he/she is ready to be toilet trained. Look for signs like, bowel movements that can be predicted, if baby is dry for more than two hours, is capable of following simple instructions, is uncomfortable in a wet diaper, lets you know if he/she wants to urinate or have a bowel movement. If your child shows more than two signs of the above you can start considering to toilet train.
Points To Remember
If your child shows signs of readiness start training at the earliest. When your child lets you know that he/she wants to use the potty, encourage and guide him/her to sit on the potty. Once the child has a bowel movement, allow him/her to get down the potty.
Make potty training and potty time fun by speaking to your child about potty training and you can even read related book. Allow your little one to decorate his/her potty with stickers etc so that he/she becomes more comfortable and familiar to it. Forcing a child into holding his/her bowels or urine can lead in urinary tract infection and refusal to use a potty may follow. Thus it is advisable to wait until your child ready for a healthier, successful and less stressful potty trained child.