Potty training usually isn't something we look forward to, but we are eager to get the job done. As there would be no need to wipe the floor after accidents, we have been using cloth diapers (we are conscious about our environment) so yeah washing the dirty diaper is not a pretty job either.
Usually, there are few signs to show that your child is ready to potty train while it isn't necessary that for your child to show all these signs, the more they show the better their chances of potty training success.
Age - Most experts advise potty training after age 18 months and finish by age 24-36 months.
Physiological Changes - If your child pees and poops regularly and predictably, he keeps a diaper dry for at least 2 hours during the day and is dry after naps, these all indicate that his digestive system and bladder are mature enough that he/she can hold pee or poop long enough to get to the potty.
Cognitive Factors - In order to master potty training your child needs to able to recognise the feeling of needing to pee or poop.
Language Factors - Your child should be able to communicate potty-related vocabulary through words or gestures. (Baby R points his finger on his hind side and recently he started saying chichi, that's what we refer his poop as)
Gross and Fine Motor Factors - Your child needs to be able to walk to the potty, manage his clothes, sit down and stand back up again.
Emotional Factor - Potty training tends to be easier if the child shows a desire to be independent. It is an emotional milestone for him/her. If he/she exhibits signs of distress when you introduce potty related material, you may want to hold off.
Behavioural Factor - If your child doesn't like wet or dirty diapers by asking to be changed, it's a good indication that he/she may be up for the training.
If your baby shows any one or all the above signs it indicates that it's time to train your baby to go on his potty. There are two ways to potty train.
Traditional is more of parent oriented where you pick a week of your choice and teach the baby to go in the potty whenever he/she wants to go. You create a routine around it and engage the baby/toddler while he is sitting on the can. To succeed in this method, one should follow the routine for at least 3 days consequently. This method exerts more control to parents. If your child shows no interest back off a bit and start the process after a few days.
Child-oriented is where the child decides to use the potty. As a parent, you just have to trust your child's readiness as it is a gradual process. The child-oriented method may work for you if you stay at home with your child, you have a laid-back personality.
When your child is around 18 months old, introduce a potty. Tell him it is a special chair and belongs to him to serve the same purpose as the toilet. Encourage him/her to sit on the potty with his/her clothes on. While your child is sitting on it read a book or offer a reward(a treat or a sticker) Let him/her get up whenever he/she wants to.
Next step is to encourage him/her to sit on the potty with his bottoms off as a routine to familiarise. Start putting dirty diapers into the potty explaining that this is where pee and poop go. Introduce bare bottom time each day. Remind him what to do. Leave his potty nearby where he plays.
Praise your child and have a small celebration whenever he/she uses the potty for its purpose, positive affirmation is important.
How to Buy Potty
When it comes to buying a potty for your child, there are a few factors to consider. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you through the process:
Research different types of potties: There are various types of potties available, including standalone potties, potty seats that fit onto regular toilets, and portable/travel potties. Research each type to determine which one suits your needs and preferences.
Consider size and comfort: Look for a potty that is the right size for your child. It should be comfortable for them to sit on and easy to get on and off. Some potties come with adjustable features to accommodate growing children.
Look for stability and safety features: Ensure that the potty you choose is stable and has a sturdy base to prevent tipping. It should also have features like non-slip grips or a splash guard for boys, which can help with mess prevention.
Ease of cleaning: Potties should be easy to clean since accidents are bound to happen during the training process. Look for removable parts, smooth surfaces, and materials that can be easily wiped down or washed.
Read reviews and recommendations: Before making a purchase, read online reviews or ask for recommendations from friends, family, or parenting communities. Hearing about other parents' experiences can provide valuable insights into the functionality and durability of different potty options.
Visit a physical store: If possible, visit a store that sells potties and allow your child to try sitting on a few models. This can help you gauge their comfort and familiarity with the potty.
Purchase or order the chosen potty: Once you have made your decision, either make the purchase in-store or order the potty online. Consider checking different retailers to compare prices and availability.The potty that you buy should be simple and functional. No need to go for flashy lights, sirens or flushing sound-making potties. Though they may be functional it distracts your child from the training process. Follow the routine and keep going. We used this one to train Baby R.
Remember that these signs are just indications of potential readiness. Every child is different, and it's important to be patient and flexible during the potty training process. If your child doesn't exhibit all these signs but you believe they are ready, it's worth giving it a try and adjusting the approach based on their individual progress and needs.