Thursday, August 20, 2009
Potty training days are "HERE"
OK here it goes---Rita's potty training tips---I have did it this way since my own boys was small, Lately I have used it alot here-It works!
There seems to be a widely held impression, past down from generation to generation, that potty training toddlers is arduous.
Follow this practical plan and you will be able to go from all those diapers to dry in days. But only if you are prepared not to be side-tracked by other distractions during this period and able to give your focus to toilet training.
1. Evaluating Your Child's Readiness. Does your toddler have the required verbal understanding? This includes being able to understand and carry out simple instructions.
Does your toddler show signs of wanting to do more things for themselves such as pulling up their own pants?
Is your child's bladder and bowel control adequately developed? For instance, can he or she go for two or three hours before wetting their diaper?
He or she may even stay dry already over night; this is a real good sign
You really must not go on to item 2 until you are confident your toddler can handle being toilet trained. potty training should not be played around with first letting him or her use the potty some or if they want to and ok if they don't. once they know what a potty is for and show they are ready,then it is up to you to train the child,not wait untill he or she says they are ready,they do not know what is best here. after they go well and then go back to not going this is not usually an accident,they can get stuborn-it is easier to use pants,they did it for a long time,they are use to it still.
2. Let's Go ShoppingYou want to make this trip to the shops as much fun as possible for your toddler. So what's on that shopping list?
You should get:
Underpants, preferably vibrantly colored. It's even better if there's a picture of one of their favorite cartoon characters on them. Diaper or training underpants can be a practical solution for any trips out but make sure you treat them as real pants not diapers;
a wall chart and stickers.
---- potty chairs, you will need more then one at lest two to keep in the two main rooms of your house. Buy chairs he can set on alone, remember to let your toddler have a say in the purchase choice. Fisher Price has wide seated chairs which are the best as some toddlers are chunky.
3.praised and a sticker is placed on the wall chart that records your childs progress. And when your child has been potty trained it gets a party. You want your toddler to realize that being potty trained is a happy, fun experience. If there are older childern around,let them help too,they can clap and praise too. you can offer a bit of candy such as m&m's after they go or offer a book for your child to look at while on the potty---do not read them a story-this is not story time,only a way to relax the child, leave him alone with the book for a few minutes helps sometimes.
4. It's Farewell to DiapersPut your toddler in pants. There's no retreating back to diapers even if there are two or three accidents along the way. (some have 4-5 a day---they are usually just a bit more stuborn,and may scream and kick the first few days-it will stop!) NO matter how flustrated it gets the first week on you mom--do not give up,and try your best to not let it show, and beleave me it probably will! Your child is ajusting to a big change with out adult words to express his feelings and own distapointments; not to say he want like this at all maybe. If it does happen that he want,keep in mind this shall pass too.(after all sometimes getting out of our confort zone is not easy for some) It is inportant to make sure he is ready before you start.
5. Give Your Toddler Plenty Of Fluids. The more your toddler drinks the more they will need to urinate. So they should get plenty of practice in using a potty.
6. Ask Your Toddler If They Need the Potty. If they say no that's fine. With all those drinks they'll soon need to go. Quiz them again a little later.
If they have a little accident you must not let your child see you are angry or disappointed. Just tell them they'll do better next time. Take them to the potty and have them sit on it for two or three minutes. Give them fresh pants to put on. At short intervals take them back to the potty for a total of ten times. This will help to build muscle memory. Very soon they will urinate in the potty.
A little food for thought. It is not just what you say, it's how you say it. This is certainly true when it comes to teaching a toddler new skills. Remember You are in charge. As a parent we can not always ask the child what they want,some things they do not have a choice in.
Posted by Rita at Thursday, August 20, 2009