Potty Training your child can be fun as well as a tedious task. But once you are able to win this battle, you can be rest assured that your life will be much easier than what it was.
There’s no magic age at which children are ready to start learning how to use the potty, but some develop the necessary physical and cognitive skills between 18 and 24 months of age.
Here are some tips on how you can ensure your baby is potty trained well at the right time
Patience is the key
When you think your kid is ready, try to take him/her to the toilet every time you get an indication that s/he needs to use it — even if you are out. Motivate the child to use the toilet, and ensure they understand how to use it. The child may resist initially, but this is where your patience comes handy. Keep motivating the little one, and slowly, he/she will be able to use it on his/her own.
Make a routine
Once your kids are interested in the potty concept — around 2 to 2 1/2 — let them sit on the potty 15 minutes before taking a bath. It will help them in making it a routine exercise and they’ll be mentally prepared for it. If the child doesn’t want to use the toilet before taking a bath, keep a note on what’s his/her usual schedule, and start taking them to toilet accordingly.
Motivate by praising consistently
As parents you might have tried all the tricks — bribing with toys, chocolates and what not. But you would agree it’s not a good practice to be followed in the long run. Try not using rewards for a change.Give lots of undivided attention, positive reinforcement, love, affection and pride when your kids are successful. Making a big deal about small steps of progress is key.
Take the fear away
Some children view bowel movements as a literal part of themselves and are afraid to watch them flush away. After showing him/her a children’s anatomy book, explain how the digestive system works in the simplest and interactive way! This will make the child understand the importance of bowel movement, and will make him/her comfortable with the entire process.