When the time comes to wean your child off diapers, potty training is the way to go before they can graduate to toilets. Most parents shiver when they think of this transition because they find it stressful to get a child to adapt to the changes.
However, it can be done and it doesn’t have to be so daunting either, here are a few pointers to help you along.
Caroline Fertleman and Simon Cove suggest in their book Potty Training Boys the Easy Way: Helping Your Son Learn Quickly – Even if He’s a Late Starter to do it in timely intervals. You can decide to put him on the potty every 10 minutes for a few hours while ensuring that their normal routine of playing, eating and sleeping isn’t interrupted. When the session is up, diaper him up and repeat the routine for 2 days. On day 3, let him use the potty the whole day with no diaper.
Force his hand
When you are sure he gets the potty point, it is time to go all out, let him wear a t-shirt only with no bottoms or diapers. When he wants to go, he will realize he has no option but to use the potty since he has no diaper to hold his mess. Make sure he is using the potty otherwise you will find that he has a spot in the yard that he is relieving his toilet urges.
This is the easiest way to potty train your child by offering them treats when they use the potty well. This will make them eager to please you so they can get their favorite cookie or candy. Therefore, stock up on the goodies and you will be rewarded. Prep everyone in the house to shower him with praises and encouragements when he does it right to boost his self-esteem.
Alert their teacher
If your child has already started school, alert his teachers so that they are aware of the situation. Enlighten them on the progress you’ve made with himand how he can be encouraged further while monitoring them closely.
Don’t assume, show them!
A single mum potty training her son can be a little challenging especially if the child has no male figure to emulate. Try toexplain to them that they have to pee while standing and if that doesn’t work, it’s time for an intervention. Have a male family member your son loves to show them exactly how it’s done.
Say no to bedtime drinks
Unless you want to revert to diapers at night which will hinder the potty training progress, lay off bedtime drinks. Kids have a tendency of wanting forbidden fruit therefore; feed them dinner close to bedtime so that they are too full to need anything. That way, your child won’t wake up wet from peeing themselves until they can wake up in the middle of the night for a toilet visit.
Read them books
There are potty-themed books like Everybody Poops and Diapers Are Not Forever to make the transition more fun and engaging. They are easy to understand for a child and come with potty training pointers for parents.
When it comes down to it, there is no guaranteed method for potty training your child as everyone’s experience is different. If one approach fails, you try another one and so on until you find the right one. Some parents skip potty training all together as some kids never take up to the idea.
To make it easier for you, go with the flow; never pressure your child into it if they aren’t interested. This especially applies when you start the training early, you will find that it is easier to potty train them when they are little older.