Toilet training the child is one of the biggest challenges that every mom has to experience. Similarly, I was really paranoid about how I am going to train my little one. I read lots of articles and tips on how to potty train and even consulted other moms.
My Mom, being a saviour, suggested to start pee training when my daughter was just 2 months old! This was a huge success and hence I gradually started potty training her as soon as she completed 8 months.
Here I am sharing a couple of tips and tricks on how you can go about it.
Signs that show that your baby is ready for potty training:
- The Baby is able to sit properly without support.
- Baby is comfortable and not at all fussy in the bathroom.
- Baby reacts to the ‘sshhiinngg’ sound you make.
- Can be easily distracted with rhymes or by talking dramatically to them.
- When baby easily adapts to new change.
- Baby has some kind of poop routine. (MOST IMPORTANT)
If the Baby is showing some of these signs, you can begin the training soon. If not, you will have to start preparing the baby before beginning with the training.
Tips on how to start preparing before beginning the training:
- Get the baby acquainted to the sshhinng sound by making this noise whenever the baby is peeing or pooping, so that baby can associate this sound with them.
- Observe the poop routine or try to create one and note down the duration and timings of baby’s poop time.
- Get baby acquainted to the Toilet/Washroom so it doesn’t cry if the baby has to sit in for long.
- Start taking baby to the toilet for peeing by making sshiingg sound and holding over the Pot or Wash Basin.
Once you feel that the baby is comfortable with almost of these, Voila! You can begin training the baby then.
How to Start the Training:
- Get a Potty seat or Chair with handles so that the baby can feel safe and comfortable by holding on to it.
- Once you are aware of the routine and baby has started reacting to sshhinng sound, take the baby to the toilet around the routine time, make him sit on the pot and make the ssshhing sound.
- Don’t leave the baby even for a second alone on the pot.
- Babies will want to come in your arms or get down, distract them with poems, showing stuff around or any conversation that they are fond of.
- Initially you might have to take the baby 7-8 times in a day but once they will understand what is to be done, they will start doing it almost every time you take them to the toilet.
- Once they will get acquainted with this concept they will start giving you signs like crying or trying to apply pressure whenever its poop time. Take them to the toilet immediately.
P.S – Sometimes babies get really scared of the Pot/Toilet and hold in their poop and end up getting all constipated. Don’t pressurize or force the baby if the baby is getting really uncomfortable or scared. They might learn it late then but its better than making them all sick because of this.
Hope this article could be of some help to you. Do share your reviews in the comments section and let me know if you have any doubt.