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Toddler toilet training is an important stage in the life of every child. Though it may take some time to get your child to achieve perfect success in this area, it is important that you patiently and diligently guide them through the process.
To provide you with some advice for bringing your toddler into this important stage of growing up, let’s look at how you can integrate toilet training into their routine.
Know When The Time Is Right
One of the most important things to be aware of when starting the process of toilet training your toddler is knowing when to start. While there is a rough timeline according to which most children will be ready for this stage of their development, every child is different. This is why it is important for you, as a parent, to keep an eye out for when the time is right.
Some indicators that will give you a hint that your toddler is ready to start toilet training are when they are starting to exercise better control of their bladder (which you will notice when their diapers are dry and clean for several hours at a time) and when they are able to follow your instructions and understand what a toilet is. This usually happens between a year and a half to two years of age.
Be Ready To Be Patient
It can take some time to fully integrate your toddler into a proper toilet training routine. The process can typically take up to six months before your child is confident in their abilities to use their toilet independently. There are sure to be plenty of mistakes and accidents along the way, so it is important that you are prepared to be patient. When it comes to avoiding accidents during the night, your child may take even longer than this.
It is important that you are encouraging with your child throughout the process. Making sure to praise them for their effort regardless of how long the training is taking is essential. If you respond with anger or frustration when your child has an accident or misses the toilet, then they may develop a complex or delays in feeling confident enough to do it by themselves.
Start With Gentle Reminders
Your toddler will not be cognizant of their need to use the bathroom in the same way that an adult is. Since they may forget about this need, they can benefit a lot from gentle reminders from you throughout the day. Ask your child if they need to use the bathroom in a kind way. This will help them to psychologically identify the sensation of a full bladder with the need to go to the toilet.
Be sure not to put pressure on your child, however. Insisting that they use the toilet at any time will likely delay the process. If you are comfortable with the task, it is also a good idea to emulate using a toilet for your child. Children are highly visual learners and if they see you using the toilet they will be better able to understand how the process works.
Maintain Help With Hygiene
As a parent, it will still be important for you to ensure that your toddler is fresh and clean after using the toilet. You are still responsible for this task until your child is able to clean themselves. Be sure to teach your child the importance of washing your hands after using the bathroom as well.
Consult With A Doctor If Problems Arise
Following the steps outlined here and being patient and nurturing throughout the process will help your child to achieve success in toilet training before too long. If you encounter issues (such as a child who was successfully toilet-trained but who lapses after a major life event), then consult with your family doctor for information on how to resolve them.