Ask any new mom what is the biggest challenge you faced or facing with your toddler/kid; the answer is unanimously same – Potty Training!! In the mommy community the biggest stress is when playschool attendant asks this question – ‘Is your child Potty Trained?’ and the answer is Nope! Or when you planning an outing with kid and all you worried about cleaning, wiping & diapers.
Many of my friends have been through the rough phase of training their kids to TELL, even till the age of 4 years! Well, I do not want to sound boisterous but I have had a very easy ‘potty training’ with my young girl. As early as 22 months she started telling me – maa, poo poo!! YES, all this made possible by some easy to adapt tips from my dear Mother. First of all, there is no set criteria of ‘how to’, ‘what to’, ‘when to’ for this tricky task, go with your momma instincts and win over it.
The basic ingredients for ‘toilet training toddlers’ is Patience, Patience & loads of Patience! You have this BINGO….
Start with simple Observations; observe when the child is ready for the job, observe their behaviour… usually kids tend to lose interest during the calling time so keep your eyes and senses on alert.
Talk – yes keep asking if they need to go!! Before going to bed, prior to meal time, post play time, mornings, etc. Keep questioning them – cognitive development comes handy with repeating the same aspect over and over again.
Slowly start talking them to the bathroom/toilet and let them know the use of that. I never kept ‘trainers’ anywhere but the exact places – toilet. Let them grasp the knowledge of their surroundings. When you take the ‘potty – trainers’ inside living or somewhere else, kids are unable to distinguish the difference in two. So, right thing at right place.
Make them comfortable – get easy, soft, well cushioned toddler seats for them when taking in adults or easy comfortable trainer.
Do NOT push, remember the time when you have been told to push hard; how irritated it gets when Push.. Push.. Push.. been told many times 😉 so keep it easy, let them talk time.
Make a pattern, this will not happen in a day or two but take a long time… so be ready. Time it, by sending kids for the job in the morning or night depending upon you (twice a day advisable)
Even if you fail in earlier attempts, do not lose hope! Keep on trying, as I always say Motherhood is a dynamic journey we learn as we grow.
This article is originally written for WorldOfMoms.com