There comes a time when your kid moves from wearing diapers to using potties. During this crucial period, it is essential to arm yourself with all the tips and resources you need to make sure your child is well-trained to use potties.
When is the best time to start potty training?
Some people suggest starting potty training when your toddler is ready as you would see the signs such as them going to the toilet or being dry for at least 2 hours during the day and after naps, while some suggest you start when your toddler is between 18 to 30 months old.
Here are some tips that could help you navigate this change period:
1. Get a new colourful potty and plan interesting activities around them: Get your kid a new potty and make them comfortable having the potty around. This would reinforce the image of the potty in their mind and it would be easier when the time comes for them to start using it. Also, find creative ways to bring up the subject of potties. If possible, you can also get children story books and rhymes that talk about using potties.
2. Reduce drinks before bedtime: The easiest way to reduce your child bed-wetting is by reducing the intake of water and drinks before bedtime. Make sure there is enough time between when your toddler drinks water at night and bedtime. This also ensures he or she pees adequately before bedtime.
3. Prepare well ahead for night time: When your toddler is just adjusting to potty, it might be difficult to train him or her for potty during the daytime and at night. And so, prepare ahead for night time by getting a waterproof cover for your kid’s mattress, absorbent pants, and so on.
4. Reinforce why he or she doesn’t need diapers: You can seize every opportunity to tell your child that he or she doesn’t need to wear diapers and how it means they are growing up. Some kids would love to hear things like that. Also, remind your toddler to ask for help when he or she needs to go to the toilet to pee.
5. Don’t blame your toddler when they mistakenly pee on their body: Sometimes, they may get distracted and pee on their body; don’t blame them, rather teach them how to do better next time and how they can always ask for help when needed.
6. Patience and consistency: Be patient with your kid and also ensure you are consistent with the potty training. What’s more? Always show and offer your support.
7. Don’t forget to teach hygiene: Hygiene is important, and so, teach your child how to wash his or her hands after potty time.