In potty training, watch the signs carefully
One of the milestones that your toddler has to face is potty training. She needs to learn the way to reduce the use of diapers and start to go to the toilet. For certain parents, there is no difficulty at all. Once they see that their toddlers give the signs to go to the toilet like the adults, they start the process. But not all parents recognize the signs, so that some of them start the potty training earlier, while the others come late. This makes many parents confused. The reason is there is no specific sign on each toddler. This can make you confused also because starting earlier means you push your toddler to do something that she is not ready yet. On the other hand, starting too late means you let your toddler to feel comfortable with the diapers.
Surely, both of them are not good for your toddler and you are the one who is able to notice whether she is ready or not to start the training. The first thing you need to notice is that potty training can be started when she is about 18 to 20 months. This is not the exact time actually, but commonly parents have difficulties in training the 15 months toddler. Look at the diaper and notice whether it is still dry for certain time or not. No liquid means that she is able to handle the feeling longer. Or, she feels uncomfortable when the diaper is a little bit wet. In this age, your toddler has been able to give sign when there is bowel movement. She may tell you something or act or show you something happen on the bowel.
Potty training can last about 6 months but in certain cases, it may take two years to complete the training. Watch the signs and start the training!
When she is able to ask to have the diaper changed with the dry one, you should directly thing this as a good sign. Again, she feels uncomfortable. After noticing the signs, you should know whether she can put on and off the diaper herself. This can be the final signal when she is ready to go to the toilet. Or you may train her to put on and off the diaper as the starting point before going to the toilet. This process may take a little bit longer and needs your patience. Potty training can last about 6 months but in certain cases, it may take two years to complete the training. Watch the signs and start the training!
In potty training, you need patience
When your toddler is about 20 months, she is ready to have regular potty training. Actually the time to start is not the same in each toddler. So, you may notice the signs and ready to start. Before starting you need prepare yourself emotionally and physically because there is a chance that the things will not run smoothly as you have predicted before. There must be a kind of resistance at the beginning of the training. In your side, your toddler’s potty training is a kind of test of your patience. You need to be ready to clean up the mess, the wet, and the smell due to the training. In certain cases, the resistance may last for a year or more and the toddlers are throwing tantrums during the training.
Actually, you can smoothen the potty training by talking calmly to your toddler. Explain the steps one by one and give one reasons why she needs to go to the toilet. Give example that her cousins or friends, and other people also go to the toilet every day. She may not completely understand your explanation but do not give up easily. At least you have tried to take her to the toilet. However, you are not allowed to push her. You need to try and try again when there is retention. What happened many times is the more pressure given, the more your toddler reject going to the toilet. So, you may put cute plastic toys or decorate the toilet to make your toddler feel comfortable.
You can provide colorful tools that can attract your toddler to use. Or you can create simple game and reward your toddler after she does the training. Do not forget to create schedule. This may remind you the time to take your toddler to the restroom. The cute schedule may be put on the wall and let her to look at it. This can also remind her about the training. When the time comes, remove the items that can distract you and your toddler attention. Once there is a distraction, it will be difficult to restart. Be patience in guiding your toddler to make sure the success in her potty training.