Potty training, also known as toilet training, is the process through which a toddler learns how to use a toilet. A potty is a small bowl-shaped tool that young children use for this process. The age at which potty training can begin varies from child to child. Girls are generally known to achieve bowel and urinary control earlier than boys. The ability to control bowel movements is acquired before urinary control. The average age at which potty training is began is about 18 to 24 months. By this time, a child is often able to communicate and inform a parent of the discomfort associated with wetness or the need for a diaper change. Toilet training may be a frustrating process for both the parent and the child. However if done correctly and systematically, it can prove to be a rather simple process and the child can become successfully potty-trained by following simple steps which you can also read about at pottytrainedkids.com . Below is a step by step guide on how to achieve this.
The first step is to identify the most appropriate time to begin. Amx parent should be observant and able to identify signs that the child is ready to use a potty. Although one may expect to start at a specific age, variations occur and one needs to put this into consideration. A child may begin complaining of discomfort after soiling the diaper. This means that the child has become aware of the process of urination or bowel emptying. The child may also be able to report the need to urinate as well as inform you when they are in the process of doing so. By the time a caregiver is attempting to start this process, a toddler must have developed the ability to watch and follow instructions as this is an important requirement for successful potty training.
A caregiver then proceeds to introduce the concept of toilet use to the child. One may tell the child that once he or she is bigger, he or she will be able to use the toilet like big people do. The parent then purchases a potty if required or an attachable toilet for the toddler. The devices are then introduced to the child and the child is made to understand the purpose for which they are used.
Children learn through observation. The parent needs to pick a period of time where he or she is fully available to carry out this process. He or she then proceeds to the bathroom and demonstrates how to properly sit on the toilet while the child observes. This should be done while concomitantly giving instructions to the child using simple terms such as “pee pee” or “poo poo”. The caregiver then asks the child to do the same and offers any correction or guidance. Boys are first taught how to sit before learning how to stand since bowel control occurs before urinary control. The child then learns how to properly wipe after every toilet use.
Once the child is able to use the toilet or potty for the first time, the caregiver should applaud the child or simply make a big deal out of it. This encourages the child to continue making attempts and to keep trying as this is often a difficult process for the child. This helps the child gain confidence as well.
This is the final step of the process. One must ensure that the child does not give up and resume diaper use. The more a child uses the potty, the more he or she familiarizes with the concept and makes it part of daily routine.
While potty training a child it is very important to exercise patience. The rate at which children develop skills varies from child to child and one must put this into consideration during the process.