Toilet Training is an important stage in your child’s development for both of you. Remember that your child is just learning a new skill and accidents are bound to happen. Praise your child when the job is done correctly! Every mum that has gone through potty training process will tell you that Potty training requires a great deal of patience and setbacks often happen. Remember, it’s only temporary.
According to Adedayo Tosin Olufemi, the Founder of the popular Nigerian Motherhood and Parenting Platform, New Mums Hub; “Many kids are ready to begin potty training between 18 to 24 months of age; however, there are many children that are not ready till three years of age or older. So no pressure! Both you and your toddler must be ready for potty training before you start”.
If you are starting potty training, the first thing to do is to watch out for signs of readiness. Below are some of the most common signs of readiness.
- Pulling at a wet or dirty diaper.
- Diaper stays dry for up to 2 hours
- Hiding to pee or poop.
- Showing Interest in others’ use of the potty, or copying their behavior.
- Having a dry diaper for a longer-than-usual time.
- Awakening dry from a nap.
You need to be aware of these Potty Training Basics
- Leave your potty training toddler bare bottom or in training pants and clothes that are easy to take off, like pants, shorts or skirts with elastic waistbands.
- Pay attention to reduce accidents. Watch out for signs like wriggling or holding hands between their legs.
- Sit your child on the toilet when a poo is likely – for example, about 30 minutes after a meal
- Accidents will happen. Don’t make a big deal out of them. Just clean up and show the kid the potty to re-emphasize where pee and poop goes.