Potty training can be a difficult task especially if you are first time parents because young kids do not have the verbal skills to communicate when it’s time to go pee or poop. However, there is a way that you can train your child but first, you must have a lot of patience and be very vigilant so as to anticipate when its time throughout the day.
Of course, there is the easier diaper option but potty training is also very important and the sooner it is done, the better. If you want to succeed at this, here’s how to potty train your baby.
1. Be Very Observant
Since your little one has not yet developed and learned verbal communication skills, much of this potty training will depend on how well you figure out the specific non-verbal cues that he/she portrays when his/her bladder or bowel is full and needs to be emptied.
Be very observant on the kind of action or behavior portrayed just before wetting or pooping on the training pants. It could be a wriggle, a certain kind of noise or even a sudden pause. Make sure you pick up on this pattern because it will be very useful for the next step.
2.Take him/her to the Potty Seat
Once you have figured out these patterns if you notice your child exhibiting any of them, rush him/her immediately to the potty and hold him/her securely on the toilet seat until the job is done.
3.Provide Some Form of Signal
This is a very important part of the training process that you should not ignore. As your child pees or poops, come up with a signal so that he/she can associate that signal with the pissing or pooping action.
For instance, when peeing, you can make sort of a hissing sound and also find another sound for pooping. This way, your child will be able to connect this sound with that action so that you can use it to ask whether he/she wants to pee or poop next time easily.
4.Repeat the Above Steps
As stated earlier, the key towards successful potty training is a lot of patience and in this case, it is in the form of consistency by repeating the steps above. The idea here is to make this training permanent and therefore, continue observing your child so as to learn any new moves/signals and make it more predictable in determining when he/she wants to go.
By doing so, you will be able to train your baby better because you will let him/her use the potty at the right time. Eventually, he/she will get used to potty use and start peeing or pooping without any assistance.
Of course, your child must be ready to be able to potty train and your success rate will determine this.
It is recommended to use training pants during this training period (which can take only a weekend) and if you find the pants clean and dry at least 90% of the time, then it’s a success. Otherwise, you might want to go back to diapers until the time he/she is ready for training.
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