When you are a mom, you must face many new challenges you that never had to face in the past. Every day comes with something new for you and this can be fun or not so fun. Once you became a mom your life changes completely. One of these challenges will be to train your baby to use a potty instead of diapers. In the following rows of this article, you will be able to read about when is the perfect time to start these training sessions. Besides that, you will also learn how to do it. It is one of the most difficult tasks for some parents and maybe this is one of the reasons why, they delay this moment as long as possible. If this topic is interesting for you then you should continue your reading.
When do you know that it’s the time to start?
There are many kinds of parents in the world. When it comes about this specific topic there are parents who are in a very much hurry to see their kids that they use the potty at very early ages and others who delay the moment as much as possible. You must remember that this is not about you but about your baby’ well-being. Too soon, it is not a great solution and too late may not be a good idea either. The child’ abilities to do it are the only things we should consider. The human body develops its abilities at different stages. The physiological evolution differs from a person to another.
When your baby is just a few months old, he has no idea when he needs to urinate or when he has an excretion. He just does it involuntary. You can notice that just by checking the diaper’ content. You will see that you will have to change it quite often. After a while, when your child reaches 12 months of life, he might change his behavior, when he will feel that he must urinate or excrete. This means that he will start to feel something. This means that his sphincter’ muscles are starting to become stronger. At the beginning, the difference will be noticeable when he must excrete. Is this the time to start using the potty? Not yet.
You, as a parent will have to check if he urinates or excretes during nighttime. If you will have to change him less frequently, it means that he is able to abstain, even if it is for a little while. Specialists say that the best age to start his potty training will be when he is around 18 months old. About then his sphincter’ muscles should be completely developed and he will be able to say what he needs to do and when he needs to do it.
How to do it?
You must be prepared for a long period of training when it comes about changing his daily routine. Not all parents will be face difficulties but most of them will. To start with the lucky ones, some babies completely dislike wearing diapers. They do not feel comfortable with them. This means that after they will find a new method to stay dry and clean they will be more than happy to do it. The problem is that these are rare cases.
You should not imagine that children will pee or poop in just a few seconds or minutes after you place them on the potty. They may even reject the idea of sitting on it. There are two reasons for that to happen. They do not understand the use of it or the potty is cold and they do not like the feeling. To make them understand better the potty utility, is to show him other babies just like him who are sitting on it and doing their job. You can do that by showing him images, photos or videos. Considering their tendency to imitate everything they see, they may understand that they have to sit on the potty.
If their business does not come out as fast as you may like it to happen, it may appear another problem. He will get bored and he will not want to sit on it anymore. If you leave him alone in the room, this can happen for sure. You must stay with him and play with him while he sits, so he will find things more interesting. If he becomes agitated, try to relax him by blowing air gently on his forehead, his face, his hand and feet. It seems that it is very comforting for them such practice.
As it was mentioned earlier, a small baby may not understand the use of the potty. They understand completely the use of a diaper, because they practically raised in it until then. If the images or the videos did not convinced him that he should use the potty for his necessities, another great way to show him is to place the dirty diapers inside the potty. Like that, they may get the idea.
Some babies, finds the potty very unfriendly to them. They just hate it. They start crying just when they see it. A very nice technique to convince them that the potty is not something horrible will be to use his favorite toy. All kids have one. Start playing with him and with his beloved bear and show him how the bear must pee or poop on the potty. Like that, he will be tempted to do the same.
Another great solution is to do it together. You do not have to feel ashamed in front of your child. Take your baby with you while you make your necessities and place his potty next to you. He will gladly do the same thing as his mother. If you act naturally, he will understand that it is a natural thing.
After getting the results you want, you must make a regular schedule. At the beginning, you must place him on the potty quite often. You may have to do it at 30 minutes distance rounds. After a few days, you can prolong the period between the rounds. After he will create a reflex he will go by himself to the potty and do his business. Besides that, when he will feel free of diapers and he will see how good it is to be this way, he will not even want to hear about them.
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