Potty training is never an easy task and sometimes knowing what to do and how to help can be frustrating and can make you feel helpless.
We’ve made guide to potty training to help you along the way!
The NHS says that by four years old, the majority of children are reliably dry, with many starting to have dry spells from the age of two. Most parents find that the most problematic time, is at night time. This is extremely common and your child may take a bit longer – some up to the age of six years old – to learn how to stay dry during the night.
How to know when your child is ready to potty train is typically easy to spot. Your child may be able to tell you when he or she needs to urinate, or perhaps they will tell you they’re wet. If they cannot communicate by telling you, your child may be ready to start potty training if the gap between wetting themselves is at least an hour.
Once you know that your child is ready to start potty training, the first thing to try is introducing the potty into your life. Let your child see the potty, and get to know it. Explain what the potty is used for and even use dolls to explain how to use it.
If your child regularly urinates or has a bowel movement at a particular time of day, you could perhaps leave your child’s nappy off and suggesting they use the potty. If your child refuses to use the potty, or becomes upset about using the potty, do not force them, just try again in a few weeks.
Another way to try, would be to give your child the potty whenever they say they need to pee. If they try, see this as a success. If they have an accident on the floor then clean it up, and try not to make a fuss. If your child see’s it as no big deal, they are more likely to try again, and less likely to feel stressed or worried. The easier the process is for your child, the better for both you and him or her.
Although it is best not to make a big deal out of potty training, a little praise for using the potty will go a long way. Try not to go over the top with praise, but definitely let them know you’re pleased with them. Just remember, your child wants to be dry as much as you want them to be.
Every parent encounters problems with their children during the potty training stage, however, we hope these useful tips will help you along the way.
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