How to Toilet Train Your Child

Toilet training is the process of teaching your child how to use the toilet for urination and defecation. Normally, children are ready for toilet training by age 2-though some may begin slightly earlier or later. When you sense that your child is ready for toilet training, follow these suggestions to start the process:

Children usually give certain signs to show that they are ready to begin toilet training. These include signs that he is about to relieve himself such as grunting or squatting down, a desire to imitate mommy or daddy’s toilet functions and signs of genital awareness

Give the child their own potty

Most children begin to show the desire to have their own things by the time they are around 2 years old. To make toilet-training easier for your child, give them their own potty.

Begin by placing a potty on the floor next to one of your toilets and wait for the child to go with you when you go in to relieve yourself. When you sit on your toilet, the child is very likely to sit on his own potty without any prompting.

If the child does not sit on his potty when you sit on yours, it may be necessary to place him on his potty when you sit on your toilet. Initially, the child is likely to sit on the potty with clothes on and just sit there for a while. Rather than rush him, allow the child to get used to sitting on the potty, but let him observe when you pull down your clothes before sitting on the toilet. Since imitation is a powerful tool, the child is likely to learn quickly that he should pull down his pants before sitting on the potty.

Get rid of diapers

Diapers are necessary to protect furnishings and clothing from getting soiled; however, they can hinder your baby from effective toilet training. Uncovered children usually learn how their body works better com pared to children who have diapers on all the time.

Teach the child words for his/her action

Being able to talk will help your child to communicate when he wants to relieve himself. To help your child verbalize what they are about to do, teach them the right words for toilet functions. Since children may find words such as defecation and urination difficult to understand or pronounce, use child-friendly words such as go pee or go potty to describe the act.

Encourage a routine

While some children accept being placed on the potty at certain times during the day, others are quite resistant to it. To make it easier for both of you, set up a routine for your child.

Normally, placing the child on the potty after breakfast in the morning will encourage a bowel movement since some people have a gastro-colic reflex that stimulates bowel movements after eating. Encouraging your child to have bowel movements early in the morning will help to start his day with a clean slate.

Dress your child in toilet training pants

Once your child has been able to stay relatively dry for a few weeks, you may need to put him in training pants.

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