When should I start toilet training my child ?
Toilet training is one of the major milestones in a child's development. Usually, babies
learn to develop control over their bladder and bowel movements around 18 to 24 months.
But some babies take even longer.In order for your child to develop control over her bowel
and bladder the muscles must be strong enough to hold the urine and faeces.
The first signs of a bladder control is when
your child's diaper remains dry after a reasonable amount of time has passed and your baby
sleeps for a longer time because of dry diaper. It is more difficult for a child to
control her bladder than her bowels. Parents are able to spot signs of bowel movement more
easily than signs of urination. Usually, a child makes a physical demonstration when she's
having a bowel movement like grunting, squalling or physically points to you that she has
to put her pants down.Accidents may take place but one must be patient and not scold her
when it happens.
The Essentials of Toilet Training
1. Check if your child is ready :
There is no magic age at which a child is ready to be toilet trained, it is
necessary to assess the physical and cognitive skills between 18 and 24 months of age.
Has your child regular soft formed bowel movements ?
Does she like to imitate bathroom habits ? Wants to wear an underwear ?
Does she make a physical demonstration of when she's having a bowel movement ? All these
factors determine the readiness of toilet training skills.
2. Purchase the right equipment :
It is very important to buy a child sized potty or a special seat to attach to your
3. Establish a routine :
It is very necessary to make your baby have a routine to do potty may it be before
her bath or after breakfast. This allows him to get used to potty and accept it as a part
of routine. Never restrain him or physically force him.
4. Leave the diaper :
Get your child on the potty seat diaperless. By doing so, he will get used to the
idea of how it feels to sit there like that.
5. Explain the process