Starting toilet training
The right age to start potty training is different for every child and can be anything from eighteen to thirty two months. So relax and watch for signs of readiness such as:
- They are having longer dry periods more often.
- They can follow simple instructions.
- They can pull up and down their own pants.
- They show an interest in learning about potty training.
- They are able to imitate behaviour.
- Once you child displays some or all of these behaviours they may be ready to begin potty training.
You should use a reward system that works best for both you and your child.
These can be a mix of both immaterial (praise, hugs and cheers) and material incentives (small snacks, star charts and toys). The reward should given immediately after your child accomplishes a potty training goal. This will help your child form a strong connection between their achievement and the reward.
Treat mistakes lightly
Accidents are inevitable, especially when your child is tired. When they do happen it is important to remain calm. The more positive and supportive you are, the more relaxed and open your child will be to learning this new skill.
Patience and consistency is key
Potty training takes time. Remaining patient throughout the process will foster a stress free and successful learning environment for your child.
You will also need to be consistent with your approach. Pick a routine that works for you and your child and stick with it. Make sure all of your child’s caregivers such as babysitters and grandparents also follow your potty training routine.