If your child is 3 years or older and is not yet potty trained, Here are some tips to help you start the process;
Many parents are unsure about when to start toilet teaching or “potty training.” Not all kids are ready at the same age, so it’s important to watch your child for signs of readiness. Most children begin to show these signs between 18 and 24 months, although some may be ready earlier or later than that. Look for other signs that your child may be ready to start using the potty, such as the ability to:
- follows simple instructions
- understand words about the toileting process
- express a need to go verbally
- keep a diaper dry for 2 hours or more
- pull down diapers, disposable training pants, or underpants
- show an interest in using the potty or wearing underpants
Tips for Toilet Teaching
- Teach your child about the process: Use words to express the act of using the toilet (“pee,” “poop,” and “potty”). (“Are you going poop?”)
- Ask your child to let you know when, get a potty chair your child can practice sitting on. Set aside some time to devote to the potty-training process.
- Don’t make your child sit on the toilet against his or her will. Establish a routine. For example, you may want to begin toilet teaching by having your child sit on the potty after waking each morning even, with a dry diaper.
- Remove a bowel movement (poop) from your child’s diaper, put it in the toilet, and tell your child that poop goes in the potty.
- Offer your child small rewards, such as stickers or time reading with Mommy, every time your child goes in the potty.
- Make sure all of your child’s caregivers; including Babysitters, grandparents and pre-school teachers all follow the same routine
- Above all, be sure to praise all attempts to use the toilet, even if nothing happens.