Potty Training Your Child

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The Timing

A lot of parents struggle with trying to determine when is the right time to have their child potty trained. There’s no denying that the later you start on potty training, the more difficult it is to deal with as your child gets older. The truth of the matter is, some children just require more time while others can learn sooner.

The Signs

You need to watch out for the signs that your child might be ready to potty train. Does your child clutch the diaper or do something unusual every time they ‘need to go?’ Most children will start to show these signs from the time they are 18 to 24 months in age, while some might show signs a bit earlier or later.

Some of the signs include:

  • ability to follow instructions
  • comprehend words related to using the bathroom
  • orally express when they have to use the bathroom
  • not wetting the diaper for 2 or more hours
  • ability to sit on the potty and get off of it
  • ability to put pants on and taking them off
  • showing interest in using the potty or wearing pants

Tips on Potty Training

Firstly, keep in mind that you probably won’t be able to potty train in one day.

Secondly, try keeping the diaper off for a few hours in the morning, in the afternoon, and in the evening. Let your child do everything normally, but take him to the potty in 15 or 20-minute intervals until he gets the hang of the potty. You can put the diaper back on after a few hours.

Thirdly, remember to keep an extra potty in the back of the car if you go out. This way you can continue the potty training even when you’re not home.

Fourthly, you can try rewarding your child every time they remember to use the potty. Sing their praises and offer them a simple reward. It could be a chocolate, cookie, or anything they love to eat or play with. Once they get the message that using the potty means reward, they will feel more enthusiastic about getting to the potty.

Fifthly, have patience, persevere, and don’t lose your mind when your child has ‘accidents’. It is only natural that they will. Support your child and reassure them that you are there for them no matter the challenge.