Most experts say that you need to wait until your child turns 2 before you potty train him. There’s no use in training the child at a very tender age because the transition period might take longer. How will you know if your child is ready for the huge step?
Is Your 2 Year-Old Ready For Potty Training?
You need to ask yourself some of these questions:
– Is your child showing some interest in the potty chair or toilet or perhaps in wearing underwear?
– Do you think your child can understand and follow simple directions?
– Does your child stay dry for a period of 2 hours or longer during the day?
– Does your child have regular bowel movements?
– Can your child tell you that he or she needs to go?
– Can your child pull down his or her pants and then pull them up again?
If your answers are mostly YES, your child is ready for potty training. However, if you think your child is not ready yet, then you have to wait. There is really no need to use some force in here as this will delay the transition longer. Keep a positive atmosphere and do everything that you can to motivate your child in a positive way. Use simple terms when talking to a kid, use something that you are both familiar with. Or use words that he associates with the things he knows. It’s also better if you teach your child with proper hygiene so he can start practicing early on in his life.
In addition to potty training, you can use a rewards system to encourage your child more. Make him work on a goal. You can download or buy a potty chart and some stickers. Every time your child goes successfully, you can let him put the stickers on the chart. Buy stickers that are attractive like happy faces, stars or his favorite characters or things. The key in here is being consistent, make sure the babysitter, grandparents or caregivers implement your potty training routine, this will also help in avoiding confusion on the child’s part. Eliminate the nappies, opt for training pants instead. Don’t expect your child to be successful in just a day. It will take time so you need to be very patient and loving at the same time. You cannot prevent accidents especially when the child is upset or tired. Stay calm and never use words or actions that will embarrass the child.
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