Let’s face it, kids are comfortable in diapers and it’s the only way they know how to remove. Getting a child out of diapers and onto the potty can be a big challenge, but it is definitely one of the most important milestones in a toddler’s life.
Many parents struggle to find a good solution to get their young children out of diapers. Believe it or not, 60% of parents have problems with potty training, usually due to a combination of bad advice, trial and error, and a lack of knowledge. This can lead to a stressful situation for both the child and the parents.
Delaying training can also create mental and health risks for the child. Imagine the complete embarrassment to a 4-year-old or close to going to kindergarten, where he is the only one who is not potty trained. A child who is having a difficult and stressful time transitioning to the bathroom may develop unresolved constipation problems. In this situation, a child can actually avoid elimination and intestinal problems can appear. This can be very serious, but the good news is that it can be avoided.
Most of the time, new parents listen to advice from friends and family on how to potty train a young child. Unfortunately, what works for one child may not be suitable for another. Here are some things not to do when trying to potty train.
1. You keep buying fancy training aids because they seem so convincing.
Sometimes simpler is better and a great fancy training aid can confuse and complicate the situation.
2. You try a seemingly popular technique and it doesn’t work, so you give it up entirely.
As with anything with children, consistency is the key. Most things don’t work right away, but if you believe in them, keep working on them.
3. You let the child run the show because he must know when to do it, right?
Children need guidance and direction. They need to be shown what to do over and over again before it finally clicks on them. Repetition is important.
Make sure your child is ready to potty train. This will ensure a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone. This is how you will know that your child is ready.
1. The child can stay dry for long periods (usually hours).
2. Child understands and can follow simple directions.
3. The child is aware of what is happening.
4. The most important thing is that the child shows interest in using the bathroom and removing diapers.