Admittedly, I struggled with this. But once my children got the hang of it, it was a big weight off my shoulders.
It’s easy to compare your children to their age mates, especially when it comes to reaching milestones. Some children are potty trained as early as 18months. Others, however may take longer.
It is important to work with your children during this learning phase. If they are not ready, there is not much you can do.
So, how do you know if your child is ready to trade in the nappies for the big kid pants?
First of all, there needs to be good communication between you and your child. This doesn’t always mean speech. Can your child indicate when they need to use the toilet, or have just soiled their nappy? If they are unable to express this to you, you may find yourself making unrealistic expectations of your child.
Start potty training when you have time – choose a quiet weekend to begin with.
Be consistent – make sitting on the potty part of everyday life for your child.
Explain what is happening – let your child know that when they wee and poo, it needs to be done on the potty/toilet.
Keep the potty in the bathroom – if that’s upstairs, keep another potty downstairs so your child can reach the potty easily wherever they are.
Encourage your child to sit on the potty after meals – digesting food often leads to an urge to do a poo.
With my twins, I chose my own method: no underwear. Literally, during a day at home, my children were free to roam about the house in just a t-shirt. Their dad and I Iet them believe that wetting themselves was embarrassing. Slowly, they started to feel shy whenever they had wet themselves, and in turn, they would want to impress us by using the training seat on the toilet (we didn’t actually use a potty).
Whichever method you find to be effective, remember potty training will be new to your child, so get them used to the idea gradually. For boys, it’s easier if they start by sitting on the potty before they switch to standing up.
Also bear in mind that it will take a little longer for them to stay dry throughout the night, so they will need to sleep in nappies/pull-ups until they consistently wake up dry.
There is no obvious way to potty train your child; you may find yourself trying different methods.
To avoid losing your mind, it’s good to know that a successful method should take about 2 weeks.
As always, thank you for reading.