Toilet training requires mutual co-operation, understanding and agreement between you and your baby. Giving constant encouragement and positive re-enforcement to your baby makes toilet training most effective.
Method of Toilet Training Varies. Toilet training is a process that cannot be accomplished in a day or two. It may take as less as 10-15 days or as many as 3-5 months to toilet train your baby. This depends on the readiness of your baby and the efficacy of the approach you adopt.
Steps for Successful Toilet Training.
Teaching some of the most basic habits to your baby can be the most difficult task sometimes. However you can successfully toilet train your baby by following some simple steps.
Assess Your Baby’s Keenness By Looking Out For Signs. Most babies are ready for potty training by the age of 18 months. However, some babies can be potty trained before 18 months as well. Apart from physical signs, you must also look for behavioral signs of willingness in your baby. The process should be started only when your baby has enough patience to be seated for a while can comprehend what you want her to do.
Do Not Force Your Baby Into Toilet Training. Forcing babies for anything can be counter-productive and the same is applicable for potty training also. Adopt a slow but consistent approach. Do not punish your baby if she does not co-operate initially.
Prepare Your Baby for Toilet Training. Before placing the baby on the potty seat, make her aware of the process. It is important for the baby to get herself acquainted with the potty seat. Initiate a dialogue and educate your baby about how to use the toilet seat. If possible, let her see her elder sibling using the toilet seat. This way she is able to relate the potty seat with its usage.
Let Your Baby Use the Potty Seat as a Chair. Let your baby get acquainted to the potty seat by using it as a chair for sometime. You can also introduce her to the idea of mimicking her sibling using the toilet seat, with her own potty seat or the toilet seat in bathroom, if she wants. Once she begins to relate it with her bowel movement, it becomes easier for you to go ahead.
Get The Right Potty Seat For Your Baby Invest in a comfortable seat for your baby depending on her age. If you want to train your baby right away into the adult toilet seat, get a comfortable baby-sized attachment seat for your baby along with a stool that assists her in getting up and down the seat. If you have a baby boy, look for a seat that doesn’t have urine guard, so that he doesn’t injure his private parts while sitting or getting up from the seat. A potty chair is anytime easier and more comfortable for babies.
Bowel Control Is Achieved Faster Than Bladder Control. Babies achieve bowel control faster than bladder control, as bowel movements are easier to predict and take longer time than bladder movements. Therefore, it is a good idea to train your baby for bowel movements first. Encourage your baby to use the potty seat if she wishes to pass stool. If she is reluctant to do so, do not force her and wait for a couple of days before you try again.
Bladder Control Is Difficult and Takes Time. Babies may take up to 4 years to gain bladder control. Your baby is ready to use the toilet seat for passing urine when she starts indicating herself that she has soaked her nappies. Be watchful while your baby takes naps. If her nappy remains dry even after the nap is over, it is indicative that she may be ready to use the toilet. You can ask her to pass urine before taking her to bed for naps. Again, wait for a while, if she refuses.
Make a Fixed Potty Routine for Your Baby. Try to set a fixed potty schedule for your baby. Choose that time of the day when she generally passes stool and make sure you are available at that time to attend her. Fixing a routine helps your baby in getting used to the potty seat faster.
Accidents Are Also a Part of Learning. Younger babies do not gain complete control over their bowel and bladder movements. You may occasionally find your baby wetting or soiling her underpants. You need to deal with such situations patiently. Do not panic or be critical towards your baby as it can be immensely discouraging for her.
Make Potty Time Enjoyable For Your Baby It may be difficult for babies to be seated for long in the potty. It is a good idea to put side racks with your baby’s favorite books/toys near the potty seat. You can also tell short stories or engage your baby in simple talks while she sits.
Do Not Treat Toilet As a Dirty Place. This is the biggest mistake that most parents make. If you treat the toilet as a dirty place, your baby also harbors a similar impression and may not be interested even in looking there. Do not show any signs of disliking the toilet or being disgusted by the smell. This can be discouraging for the baby and she may start holding her bowel movements that can lead to constipation.
Achieving Night Time Bladder Control. Once your baby is able to hold urine for 4-5 hours, you may start off with night training. Encourage your baby to use the toilet before you put her to bed. If her nighttime nappy remains dry till morning, you can slowly stop using one. If your baby sleeps for long hours in the night, wake her up during mid-night and make her sit on the potty seat for a while. She may want to pass urine if her bladder is full. Practice this regularly and gradually she herself is going to be able to wake you up in the middle of the night to urinate.
Make Potty Training Fun.
The process of toilet training your baby is long and requires a lot of time and attention. It is important to stay calm and patient while you potty train your young one. You can add a lot of fun element to potty training by getting your baby musical potty seats, putting educational and attractive stickers in the toilet and rewarding your baby with small toys for every small progress that she makes. This way your baby gets used to toilet seats faster.