No more diapers to change, that is a wonderful milestone for your child and for yourself? You need to check how much money you save on diapers! To get rid of the diapers for good toilet training required. But when can you start with this and how do you handle this well? Read in this blog how you can help your child with good potty training.
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Potty training when to start?
The potty training does not start at the moment that you are completely finished with those nappies. The training can only start if:
- You notice that your child is ready for it. It only makes sense if your child is open to it.
- In addition, your child must also be able to keep the sphincter muscle under control.
- And finally, your child must be able to feel that he or she has an urge to urinate or defecate. Babies and young children do not feel this pressure yet and just let it run.
On average children start getting ready for a toilet training when they are 2 years old. They can then see that they have to go to the toilet and are able to hold their stools. When children are 3 or 4 years old, they are actually clean during the day. In general, children are also potty-trained during the night when they are between 5 and 7 years old. So keep in mind that the potty training will take time and a lot of patience!
Signals that your child is ready for toilet training
You should not impose potty training, because that works counterproductive. If your child is around 2 years old, pay attention to the signals below. If you notice this, you can gently throw a ball and have your child take a seat on a pot or toilet several times and explain what the intention is.
The signals that your child is ready for toilet training:
- If you notice that your child needs to be changed less often, this means that the bladder is large enough and the sphincter works better. Your child can therefore better stop the puddle.
- Your child becomes aware of the fact that he has to urinate or defecate. For example, by behaving differently when they have to go to 'the toilet' like seclusion, stop playing, or maybe your child even gives it to you.
- Your child shows interest in the toilet and what you do there. Let your child also take a look.
Potty training, how do you handle that?
If you suspect that your child is ready for the toilet training, you can start the training according to the following steps:
Let your child get acquainted with the toilet or the spotlight. Have your child sit on the pot or the toilet after each sleep and snack (possibly with toilet reducer). Children usually have to do a message at these times. In the meantime explain what the intention is, but keep it airy and do not force your child anything.
In fact, it is better to make it fun and not to emphasize the fact that your child must now perform. If something comes, then it comes naturally. Make this moment on the pot by singing a song or reading a book. It is really important that your child looks forward to these moments and does not find it annoying.
Success? Give compliments. Did your child peed or poop in the spot or toilet? Then show well how happy you are with this. Compliment your child well. However, keep the moment relaxed, otherwise your child will stop peeing or pooping before everything is out. So give him the rest and time to 'lose' everything.
Make it a routine. Make it a clear routine by putting your child on the pot after each sleep and meal / diet. Keep it fun every time. If you do not have time to do this (because you work, for example) try to fit in these moments as much as possible when you are at home. So after every bite or meal and also before bedtime. Start with 1 time per day and expand as much as possible.
Potty training toddler
You start with potty training if your child is a toddler and therefore from the age of 2 years. Always take time and keep it calm and relaxed. Otherwise he will get rid of it. Start quietly with the mentioned steps and do this primarily at home first. If you leave the house, try to keep the ritual in as much as possible and let your child sit on the toilet after each sleep and meal. Let him spend some time on the pot before you go on the road.
A few extra tips:
- Read a book about toilet training and watch a nice movie together. For example Princes on the jar. This can stimulate your child to try it.
- Is your child ready for toilet training: instead of a diaper, put on a practice pants. Then they feel faster that they have done a need.
- Hang a reward card or calendar, every time your child peed or pooped in the jar, he gets a sticker.
- Give the example yourself and let your child watch. Also show how you can wipe well.
Toilet training night
You notice that your child starts to get the potty training if he also indicates that he needs the potty. If your child is tidy during the day, you can check whether he can sleep without diaper at night. Always put a mattress protector in the cot for safety!
Usually you do not have to do so much to make your child clean at night. Some children need a little more encouragement. You can do this by waking up your child in the evening (after sleeping 2 to 3 hours) in order to urinate. He probably does not have to spend the rest of the night after that.Reward your child if he stayed dry in the night, for example by sticking a sticker on a calendar. If your child has peed in bed, change the bed together so that he also bears the responsibility.
Do not be surprised if your child still has an accident at night in the coming years. This is very normal. Never punish your child if something like that happens, because he really does not do it on purpose! Read more tips about toilet training at night and bed wetting.
What if it goes wrong?
Does the potty training not work or does your child show no interest at all? Then ask for help from the clinic or consultation with an expert such as a cleanliness expert. As long as your child is younger than 4 years old, it is still no problem that he is not potty trained during the day. If your child is older than 4 years, it is wise to call for help.