When is the right time to start potty training my child? Is it quite the task? Am I rushing it? Is it too late?
These questions come to every parent's mind once their baby turns two. First thing is first, you need to know that that toilet or "potty" training doesn’t just happen overnight; it is rather a long process of ups and downs and a lot of messy accidents.
Toilet training usually gets more challenging and turns into a long, frustrating process if you try to start ahead of your child's abilities. It seems that training your two-year-old is usually the right time to start. However, before you take on the challenge, your baby must be able to control their bowel and bladder muscles and their bowel movements are getting regular. You also need to make sure that they are capable of understanding and following your simple directions and are comfortable expressing their need to "go" to the toilet.
Prepare yourself that it requires a great deal of patience and tolerance of your child's 'nasty' mistakes. We are not trying to scare you off, but you need to keep your eye on the prize because you'll certainly have your proud moments.
The task might be completed within a few days, or it might take longer than a month or two because your child perceives his diaper as a natural part of him like any other item of clothing. You are advised to start the training by the end of spring and with the beginning of summer so your child would be able to wear lighter clothes.
We also recommend you to use a potty or a safe toilet chair at fixed times of the day so they would perceive it as an integral part of their daily routine. Within half an hour of drinking liquids, get your child on the potty, but never force them to sit for a long period of time.
You need to make sure your child likes how their potty looks like or that they feel comfortable using the toilet. Motivate them in the beginning, and avoid scolding or shaming them when they fail, or else emotionally they will not be ready to be trained. Agree together on a simple word they can use to express their need to do the business like "Pooh pooh".
One of the reasons potty training gets more challenging is that parents compare their child's progress to other children's progress, not considering the varying natures of every child. It also won't be exactly practical to start the training just because relatives started criticizing you even when you know that neither you nor your child is ready.
At Little Academy Nursery we work hard to support parents through the training period as their child starts to exhibit signs of readiness. We also make sure to agree on one training method with the parents. The teacher reminds the child of using the toilet and sends him a couple of times during the day in the nursery. We are thoughtful of the challenge your children are tackling, so we never scold a child if they ever wet themselves. However, if we notice your baby isn't ready yet to cooperate with his teachers, we think it is best to ease up and stop for a while. Moreover, in the process of ditching the diaper, we advise parents to switch to pull-ups that can be easily pulled up and down like underpants to avoid messy accidents.