Parents often face a lot of stress and anxiety when it comes to toilet training their children. Don’t worry, you’re not alone!
While some young ones get it easily, most struggle for a while before learning the delicate, yet necessary, art of answering the nature’s call. So here are our Jenny’s top 5 things to remember when toilet training your young ones for a hassle-free learning experience for both you and your child.
- Don’t jump the gun: Remember parents, patience is the key to all success. Most children become aware of their urge to use the washroom between the ages of 18 months and 3 years. Wait for your child to start showing signs of maturity before starting the training process. Interest in watching others go to the toilet, dry nappies, disliking nappies and the ability to sit in one position for 2-5 minutes are key indicators that your child is ready to start the toilet training.
- Port-a-potty vs the toilet: Consider all the pros and cons when deciding between a potty and a regular toilet before starting the training process. While a potty can be used in any room a toilet helps the child develop the habit of sitting in the bathroom. It is advisable to alternate between the two for maximum efficiency and comfort.
- Prepare, prepare and prepare!!: it is essential to develop a toilet- friendly environment around the child before starting the training process. Familiarizing your child with words such as poo-poo or wee-wee and general conversation about using the toilet reduces the fear or reluctance a child might face otherwise.
- Take it easy: children can sense the energy around their parents and therefore it is important to not be anxious around your young ones about the toilet training process. Be calm and relaxed during the training process. Praise success, postpone training for a week upon encountering prolonged failure, don’t force and provide gentle reminders of using toilet every few hours to ensure a healthy development.
- Coping with accidents: Being prepared for all kinds of accidents is an important part of the parenting process. Accidents during the training are very normal specially during the nights. Don’t be discouraged as your young ones have been in nappies all their lives and it takes time and effort for them to get used to using a toilet.
Toilet training can be a slow but rewarding process so it’s important to have faith in both yourselves and your children. It is a natural process and with some effort and a whole lot of patience, parents and their little toddlers are sure to achieve success.