Potty training babies might seem to be a big and daunting task but is actually not, especially when your child is ready. Most of the parents spend sleepless nights thinking about how to potty train their babies. While sometimes it might take 18 months to learn infant potty training, sometimes it happens until your baby turns 3-4. A healthy child will never go to kindergarten wearing diapers. Here we are providing you with a perfect guide to potty training your babies.
Know When It Is The Right Time to Potty Train Your Child?
- Your baby is capable enough of walking or even running steadily.
- Urinates a fair amount at one go.
- Your baby is having regular well-formed movements at predictable times.
- See if your baby has at least two hours of dry periods during the naps. This means that your baby’s bladder muscles are properly developed to hold urine.
- Your baby can sit down in one position quietly for 2-5 minutes.
- He/she can pull up or down his/her pants.
- Your baby has a desire for independence and takes interest in others’ bathroom habits.
- Do not like wearing diapers.
- Your baby is making or giving any physical or verbal signs such as squatting, grunting when he is having a bowel movement.
- Your baby is cooperative and is not resistant to learn to use the toilet.
- He is capable of holding the urine until someone gets the potty or he gets it himself.
- Your baby has different words for urine and poop.
- Your baby can follow instructions.
Potty Training Tips For Your Baby
Let your Baby Learn From You: Usually, toddlers learn by imitating their parents. He/she may notice the way both his/her parents uses the bathroom differently. Therefore, you have to keep certain things in mind while potty training boys and girls separately. It is very important to be accurate while explaining the body parts. You may refer a boy’s genital as ‘pee-pee’ whereas the girl’s as ‘wee-wee’.
Buy The Right Potty Seat: Experts recommend buying a child-size potty that makes your baby feel more comfortable and more secure than a full-size toilet. You can let your baby decorate his /her potty with stickers or writing his/her name on it. If you are planning to buy an adapter seat, make sure it attaches safely and is comfortable.
Buy Your Baby Bright and Cool Underwears: Let your baby know that he/she can choose any underwear he/she wants. You can buy your baby girl underwear featuring her favorite cartoon or movie character or your baby boy briefs or boxers featuring superheroes. You can also increase the fun factor by keeping your baby’s favorite book next to the toilet and make him/her motivated. Buy a colorful or sparkling kid-friendly soap.
Follow A Toddler Potty Training Schedule: Follow a training schedule. Decide whether you want to switch between diapers and underwear or going full-time with underpants. If your baby is in daycare or preschool, it is a good option to discuss the schedule with his/her teacher.
Teach Your Baby The Potty Training Basics: If you are training a baby boy, teach him to sit first in case both urine and poop come at the same time. This way he will learn that both the things belong to the same category. This is one of the most important tips to potty train boys. If you have a daughter, teach her to wipe and pat dry the area every time she pees. Make sure that your child is washing hands properly.
Try Naked Time: Keep your baby without any diaper or underwear at times and let your baby the home. Place the potty in a known area and ask her to sit on the potty at regular intervals. Try this for a few days and see the difference.
Reward Your Baby: Teach your child to try again in case he/she does not succeed. Dress your child in loose-fitting clothes so that he/she can take it off easily. Once your child succeeds, celebrate and give him/her rewards. Let your child that he/she has reached a milestone. Reward your child with soft toys, a trip to a nearby park or telling him an extra bedtime story.
Do not pressurize or punish your baby in case he fails to understand the basics. The potty training should be positive and gentle with an added fun factor. The main goal is to help your child feel good about using the potty.