Supporting children through potty training Supporting children through potty training

Allowing the child to be the one that takes the lead in this process is key for it to continue without setbacks.

Is your child ready to walk to and sit on the toilet? Pull down and pull up their pants? Not have a wet diaper for the least 2 hours? Understand and follow basic instructions? Or express that they want to go to the bathroom? If you answered yes to the majority of these questions, it is probably because your child is ready to say goodbye to their diapers.

The Mayo Clinic explains that choosing the right moment and being patient are key aspects of potty training. Many children first show signs that they can control their sphincters between 18 and 24 months, but some only show signs at age 3, which is why it is important to be there throughout the process. Practicing the following tips can help ease this process.

  • Get what you need ready. Put a potty chair in the bathroom or in a place where the child spends a lot of time. Encourage the child to sit on this special chair with their clothes on and make sure they have their feet on the floor or on a stool. Also, use simple and positive words to refer to the toilet.
  • Schedule potty breaks. Ask the child to sit there without their diaper on for a few minutes every 2 hours. With boys, the recommendation is for them to learn to urinate from a seated position. Allow them to stand up if they wish. Praise their efforts and remind them that they can try again.
  • Run to the bathroom, quick! If you see signs that the child may want to go to the bathroom (if they are fidgety, in a squatting position or touching their genitals), help them become familiar with these warning signs and interrupt what they are doing to go to the bathroom together. Dress them with clothes that are easy to take off.
  • Get rid of diapers. After a few weeks of using the potty chair correctly, and if the child is not wetting their pants throughout the day, they may be ready to use underwear. Celebrate this transition.

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