Our Toilet Training Top Tips
By Jess Mills
As the weather is getting warmer now is the perfect time to get the ball rolling. I've been speaking with a number of parents about different approaches to toilet training, I thought this was a great opportunity to share some information.
Are they ready?
Generally, signs that your child is ready for toilet training appear from about two years on. Some of these signs can include:
> Telling you when they need to be changed.
> Has a dry nappy for up to 2 hours.
> Is becoming more independent when it comes to completing tasks.
> Is showing an interest in the toilet or watches when others go to the toilet.
> Begins to dislike wearing a nappy when it is wet or soiled. They may try to take it off.
Our Top Tips:
There are so many different websites, books and forums about the best way to toilet train your child. At the end of the day there is no right or wrong way. My biggest suggestion would be to choose a method that both suits your child and your parenting style.
Here are some of my tips you may consider to help get you started.
> Make it exciting. Toileting is a big step for your child so involve them in the preparation. Perhaps taking them to the shops to choose the underwear they are going to wear.
> Choose to start when you have a few days at home. This will give you a time to develop a few strategies that you can share with us.
> 5 minutes is long enough to sit your child on the toilet or it may begin to feel like a punishment.
> Dress your child in clothes that are easy to take off.
> Patience is a virtue. When you first begin, toilet training you'll need to take them quite frequently. As they become more confident you can extend the time between trips.
> Heap on the praise. Focus on your child's success and praise their efforts no matter how small. make it a positive experience.
> Consider your current routine and integrate trips to the bathroom in between transitions. For example, before bed or 30 minutes after they have eaten.
When accidents happen:
Sometimes it can take time to get it right and accidents are just part of the learning. If your child has an accident reassure them that it is ok and remain calm. Too much stress or negative feelings can result in your children wanting to avoid the toilet.
Some things you can to try and minimize accidents include:
> Look for signs the may need to go to the toilet. For example, "The dance".
> Try and ensure the toilet is easily accessible.
> If they haven't been to the toilet in a while, remind them they may need to go. Sometimes they get so engrossed in play the forget to go.
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