Potty training is actually an interesting phenomenon. You may be wondering what exactly potty training is all about or how exactly is it carried out; you may even be wondering when exactly can you start potty training your child; I’ve got good news for you, potty training is actually a very simple concept and can be carried out earlier than you think, more so, it is also a much easier process than anticipated.

Potty training is an act of teaching the child how to use the toilet, beginning from the potty. The potty is specially designed for the convenience of babies and toddlers. From birth, a child will be expected to poo and wee in their diapers for two reasons. One is that they can’t walk to the toilet nor sit on a toilet seat; the second is that they cannot talk to indicate when they are pressed. Some parents start potty training once the child can sit on his or her own. The idea is to get the child used to sit on the potty; so they put the child on the potty first thing in the morning so that they do their first wee or poo in it. After a while, the child understands that potty is for wee or poo.

More progress can be made once a child begins to walk and talk a little; At this stage, the child is basically ready to be fully potty trained. The basic principle for potty training is that children can easily be molded into routines; this means you can easily get a child to get into a defined set of activities. With this basic principle, you can thus easily mold your child into going to the potty via a routine method.

When potty training, you will need to start substituting the diapers. You can decide to be brave and start the child with only panties on a weekend when you are sure you have the time. The weekend can be tagged with no diapers. With this approach, the child notices a difference in the diaper feel and is not comfortable with it. The child should then be put on the potty at very frequent intervals, maybe every 30 minutes to 1 hour. With this method of potty training, you must be ready to do some cleanups as the child may still soil the panties during the cycles. The other option is to start using pull-up diapers for your child. Pull up diapers are normal diapers that can easily be pulled down like normal panties. These will help train the child on how to pull down their panties and also prevent a spill whenever the child wees.

Potty Training is achieved basically via a routine method. Start leading your child to the potty to wee or poo on a periodic basis e.g. every 30 min, 1 hr, or 2 hours; 45 min to one hour is a good start. Whenever you are taking them to the potty you need to announce it is wee wee or poo poo time, and if the child wees or poos differentiate the action to them by repeating wee wee or poo poo. After a while, the child will understand the routine that any time he or she feels pressed in the bowels, it is wee wee or poo poo time. When they get to the potty also teach them to remove their pants. The younger toddlers may not get this at first but they will get it after a while.

The first major achievement in potty training is when your child understand that wee and poo is to be done in the potty and can give you signs that they want to do it before they are even able to tell you wee wee or poo poo when he or she is pressed which is another milestone; when the child gives you the sign or says this words you quickly take them to the potty to discharge them; this implies you may not need to be taking them to the potty periodically anymore because the child now knows how to tell you when exactly they are pressed. When you get to this stage you have the first level of success in potty training your child. This can be achieved in children of ages 12 months to 24 months depending on when the child starts walking. At this stage, you can even switch fully from pull up diapers to normal panties except when you are going outside the house to be on the safe side.

The second level of success in potty training is when your child can go to the potty herself without announcing to you, pull down his/her pants, and wees or poos. They will however still need your assistance to clean themselves. Another good thing is to also teach them to say “I’m finished” when they are through.

Potty training is actually very easy and it is advised you start early with your child not long after they start walking; it will save you a lot of money on diapers in the long run and help your child develop much faster.

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