One of the major steps that make a child feel that they are indeed independent is being able to poop on their own as well as pee without having to soil their clothes or wearing diapers. It makes the child feel that they are indeed big people and that they can do toileting without any supervision or clothes that block their way to freedom.
In this post, we look at how to potty train your child.
How to know that your child is ready for potty training
- That they are able to remove their clothes i.e. trouser, stockings.
- That the child can stay dry for two hours
- That the child has shown interest in using the toilet
- That the child can walk and sit on a potty
- That the child has informed you on times when they want to poo or pee
- That the child can follow basic instructions
When you have observed all these and felt that the kid is ready for potty training, go ahead and fetch the equipment for doing this. You will need the potty training basin as well as baby flushable wipes that are good for potty training.
Steps in Potty training
Now that you have the equipment, go ahead and proceed in these easy to follow steps that have been recommended in this blog:
- Encourage the child to sit on the potty regularly especially when they wake up and at the times that you know they usually poo or pee.
- Have the kid wearing loosely fitting pants and at times, leave them naked from the waist down.
- Place as many potty basins as possible in the house so that they are easily reachable by the child
- Have potty breaks where the kid sits on the potty basin without any diapers
- Notice signs quickly of the child wanting to use the potty such as squirming, squatting or holding their genitals since this could be communication that either pee or poo is on its way.
- Encourage good hygiene where the child is supposed to wash their hands after using the toilet. You also need to have them learn how to wipe their bums from front to back and never the other way because germs might find their way from the rectum to the genitalia area which is not a good thing
- Once the child has mastered using the potty, you can ditch the diapers
- Be ready for accidents—potty training a child is one of the most difficult things that every child has to work on. You therefore need to know that it is never going to be easy and there will be mishaps here and there where the child poops without the potty. You need not be too tough on yourself or on the child. Take it kindly and laugh it off.