Toilet Time For Toddlers!

Make it easy and fun for all By: McKenna Moore

Step by step to master the challenges of training your toddler.

1. Preparation

- Potty chairs are a good and easy way to introduce the subject of potty training.

- Put the potty chair in a convenient area for your child and make it familiar to them that they can use it when they need to potty.

2. Learning

- Your child is not used to sitting on a seat for having to go to the bathroom. Reinforce them that it is okay to sit on it when they need to go potty. Let your child get comfortable with sitting on the seat.

- Once they are comfortable with sitting on the seat offer sitting on the seat with taking their pants off. Take each step one at a time and always reinforce them that they are doing a good job.

3. Talk your child through the process

- Make sure to explain the process of what is going on. Kids that are confused are more hesitant to accept what is happening.

4. Conquer and Graduate

- After your child has conquered the training chair move on to the actual toilet. Explain the action of flushing and patience to your child.

Signs of readiness/ bowel or bladder?

1. Behavioral signs

-Can sit down quietly in one position for two to five minutes.

-Can pull his pants up and down.

-Dislikes the feeling of wearing a wet or dirty diaper.

Bowel comes before bladder. Children learn to hold their bowel movement longer than they can urine.

Parental reasons for beginning potty training

Beginning potty training might be a slow and frustrating process, but in the end it is rewarding. Learning to use the potty is a growing experience for both you and your child and can eliminate lots of time, money, and unneeded energy.

Optimal time/ encouragement play

Most kids want to learn by the age of 2 or 2 & 1/2. If your child is able to follow simple instructions, tell you what they need, and contain a dry diaper for 2 hours or more it is time to begin training.

Potty training can be a very frustrating time. Keeping a positive attitude and encouraging your child throughout this process can make them think they are capable of accomplishing

this task.

Muscle control/ self- dressing play in the process?

Muscle control is valuable because your child needs to learn how to hold their urine for up to 2 hours or more.

The accomplishment of self- dressing shows the developmental skills that the child is improving over time. It shows the child that they can be independent.