It's Potty Time!
No mom has ever avoided the dreaded potty training experience. Messes, being sequestered in the home, naked bums walking around the house – these are some of the things moms go through during the potty training process.
No wonder so many moms want to get it out of the way and be done with it. Enter the quick-training guide. While Dr. Sears advises against rushing a child who is not ready, some say it can indeed be accomplished in three scant days.
If this is something you wish to explore, click ahead for information to consider.
Also see: Potty Training Tips From Parents Who've Been There
Things to Consider Before you Begin
Development: When will your child be ready?
The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends a child-oriented approach to toilet training. Most children develop bowel and bladder control somewhere between 24 and 48 months, but the muscles surrounding the opening of the bladder and bowel begin to mature around 18 months. This is generally the optimal time to begin introducing the potty.
But physical development isn’t the only factor. A child must also be psychologically ready. Click ahead for a list to help you determine if your child is psychologically ready to begin training.
Also see: 10 Steps to Successful Potty Training
Is Your Child Ready?
Able to walk to the potty chair (or adapted toilet seat)
- Stable while sitting on the potty (or adapted toilet seat)
- Able to remain dry for several hours
- Receptive language skills allow the child to follow simple (one- and two-step) commands
- Expressive language skills permit the child to communicate the need to use the potty (or adapted toilet seat) with words or reproducible gestures
- Desire to please, based on positive relationship with caregivers
- Desire for independence, and control of bladder and bowel function
Also see: Potty Training: Is 27 Months the Best Time to Start?
Time: Are YOU ready?
Once development has been addressed it’s time to decide whether you or your caregiver has the time to devote to training.
The process can take anywhere from three to six months, but don’t let this information discourage you. Understanding your child’s physical capabilities can help you avoid a battle with a child who is just not ready.
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>Now that readiness has been established, we turn to the quick-training gurus to help you shorten the course.
Mommy blogger, Crystal, at Growing a Jeweled Rose, shares her success story “…in hopes of encouraging and empowering you to make potty training a smooth and positive transition.”
Crystal used Julie Fellom's Diaper Free Toddlers program as described on babycenter.com. Click ahead for advice in preparing for your “naked weekend”
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Some More Advice
Talk to your child about the potty in the days leading up to the “naked weekend” to help prepare them for the process. Reading potty training books geared toward little ones will help your tyke understand what they are about to embark upon.
- Bring your child to help pick out his or her potty to build excitement. Also let them select their big kid undies. Colourful ones with their favourite cartoon character will make them excited to shed the diaper.
- Set up a reward system. Crystal says it is particularly helpful in this program. Pick out the prizes on the same day as the potty and undies.
- Clear your calendar. You need to set aside three days (the weekend tends to be the most convenient) when you don’t leave the house.
- The most important piece of advice is that your child should be completely naked from the waist down for the entire three days.
Now it’s time to begin the actual training. E-how recommends using positive reinforcement and praise for a job well done. Saying things like “you are such a big girl/boy,” when your child stays dry will encourage him, who wants nothing more than to please you.
Get Him Involved
Involve your child in tossing out unused diapers (much like we throw out junk food when we decide to eat healthfully). Once there are no more diapers, explain to your child that it’s time to begin using the potty.
Show her where to go pee and poo and tell her to let you know when she feels the urge to tinkle. They key message to get across is that she needs to try her best to stay dry.
Stay close by and monitor his expressions and remind him of the potty’s existence and purpose. If there is an accident, don’t scold or say negative things like “you are a bad boy,” instead indicate that his underwear is wet and take him to the potty to finish emptying himself.
When he finally uses the potty, make a big deal out of it. Do a little dance or sing a little song and be otherwise very excited. Now is the time to reward him with one of the prizes you picked out together. It’s not a bribe, just a treat.
Repeat this process for three days and by the end your child will have gotten the hang of using the potty. That’s not to say there won’t be accidents, particularly at night, but he will be well on his way.
Some Final Words of Advice
Encourage fluid intake during the process and keep drinks nearby
- Stop liquids two to three hours before bedtime
- Be consistent; don’t go back to diapers
- Don’t force your child to use the potty
- Don’t let her sit on the potty if she isn’t using it
- Remember some children need to train longer
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