When your precious little baby enters toddlerhood, potty-training becomes an important milestone. Normally, a child is ready for toilet-training anywhere between 18 months to 3 years. With a little preparedness, the process becomes less stressful for you and your baby.

Please bear in mind that each child is different. One child may take just a week while another may take 3 months to get potty-trained. Be prepared for accidents and whole a lot of patience.

 

Here are a few steps that could make this process simplified and a lot of fun!

 

 

Have THE talk

The most important thing here is to make the child comfortable. Tell him/her that we should always use the toilet when we want to poop or pee. Have a conversation about hygiene and why hygiene should be practised to keep oneself healthy.

 

Decide on a potty seat

Involving your child in the process, like allowing him/her to pick the colour of the seat will help ease his/her fears. Pick a seat that the child is comfortable sitting on. You could either go for a Standalone Potty or a Training Seat that attaches itself to the main toilet seat.

 

Pick a stretch of days

Potty training might call for asking your child if he/she wants to pee or poop at regular intervals. A few days without interruptions is ideal. Ask him/her to let you know if they feel the urge to use the toilet. Also, make him/her sit on the potty every15-20 minutes. This way, they'll learn to control their bladder and wait for their time on the potty.

 

Pick the right trainer

Your child might find it difficult to let you know in time at first. Many parents make the direct transition from a cloth-diaper to underwear. The choice is yours. If you are not confident about such a transition, a cloth training diaper with high-absorbency is ideal for the early days. Pocket diapers provide helpful customization and you could put high-absorbency inserts for night-time use.

 

Be PATIENT

The importance of this cannot be overstated. Your child is entering a new phase. There's as much pressure on him/her as on you. So, patience is the key. Even if there are accidents, try not to loose your cool and tell him/her that it is OK. When he/she informs you about wanting to use the toilet, make sure you have something good to say!

 

Teach Good Habits

Once your child gets into the groove of using the toilet or at least letting you know, teach them about good habits like washing their hands thoroughly after using the toilet.

 

Potty-training is not the 'Big Exercise' as it is made out to be. Observe your child's eating habits and make a note of the times he needs to pee or poop in a day. Preparedness is the key. With a little effort, imagination and involvement of your child, potty-training can be made into a playful and fun activity.