How to Start Potty Training Your Toddler

baby-potty-trainingThe success in potty training is a relief for you as a parent and one of the biggest steps your kid can make. Apart from saving you some time and cost on diapers, it is one of the signs your child is growing healthy and stronger.

Unfortunately, it is also one of the hardest tasks every parent must accomplish. It requires dedication and most importantly, patience. Here are some few tips and tricks.

STEP 1: Know when your kid is ready

Many parents start training their kids as early as two years. Others start at three years. Keep in mind, don’t rush your kid’s learning process, but you also don’t want to spend on diapers till your kid is four years old. The best time to start is when your child is fully ready. She will tell you when she’s about to pee or poop with some words or tells you to change the diaper.
Among the obvious signs is when your child can communicate about his or her need to go to the toilet. Other signs include the ability to follow instructions, interests in wearing underwear, notices others go to the potty, have dry periods and nights and more. If you note any of the signs above, then he or she might be ready, move to the next step.

STEP 2: Familiarize him or her with a potty chair

Any potty chair can work for your child, but you need the one that he or she will be able to use without your assistance. The best choice includes the one that lacks or has a urine guard that is removable. Also, ensure it is comfortable enough. To fully familiarize him or her with it, place the potty chair near a toilet or where he or she likes to play.

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STEP 3: Create a program

Potty training is a gradual learning process. So, you need to create a program that will enable your kid to understand the purpose of the potty chair. You can encourage your child to sit the potty chair four to five times a day.
Ensure that the potty chair is somewhere reachable to avoid inconveniences. Also, ensure that you carry it wherever you go with your child. Boys can start urinating when they are sitting down. They can then proceed to urinate while standing up when they fully understand what they are required to do.

STEP 4: Compliment and incentives

Kids enjoy compliments more than any other person. They need to be reminded that they are doing a good thing. Some praising such as ‘good job,’ good boy or girl,’ and more may work. You can also promise to buy him or her a present if he or she can maintain using the potty chair for some few days or weeks. The moment, your child can make a step towards the potty chair when he or she need to go out, move to the next step.

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STEP 5: Remove diapers out of the picture

Buy some nice underwear. If possible, have their names written on them. Bright colors are often attractive to kids, so get some underwear with pleasing colors. You can allow your child to choose what he or she wants when you go out shopping together. Avoid anything that might slow down undressing such as tight belts and more.

Additional Tips

  • Take a break when you sense some discomfort.
  • Try to limit the number of people that communicate with her potty training to one or two people. So she won’t be stressed or feel too much pressure.
  •  Don’t be pushy. Remember, it all takes patience. Let your child decide, but watch every step he or she takes.
  •  Use disposable bed covers when your little one is asleep to avoid additional tasks.
  •  Be patient and remind your child every time he or she forgets. You can make it easier, by demonstrating how to do it.

The Final Word

Potty training can be stressing and time-consuming. It can also be easy and fast depending on how you choose to go about it. Save yourself some trouble by using the tips on how to start potty training above.

Additional Reading

The ABCs of potty training

How to Potty Train in a Week

 

Planning a Vacation With Your Baby

baby-vacation-trip“Can I go on vacation with my baby?” This is a very frequent question by the mothers.

The period that you feed your baby only with breast milk will be the most comfortable and convenient time for vacations. However, within 0-3 months it will be a bit harder because the time for your baby’s first vaccines. By the time your baby is 7 or 8 months old, she’s become used to her home and people around her so travel can make her a little stressed at first.

Recommendations before the trip:

Start preparing to make a list of things to take with you a few days before you travel.

  • Do not make unnecessary changes prior to the trip that will affect your baby.
  • If your baby is less than 2 years of age, prefer to travel by air. This will be a more comfortable ride. If your baby seems to be experiencing minor ear pain from air pressure changes during takeoff and landing, breastfeed her or let her suck on a bottle or  pacifier.
  • If you have a long-term holiday program, visit your pediatrician for a health check.
  • Try to arrange trip time according to the time of your baby’s sleep. This will make the travel more comfortable for both baby and the parents.
  • If you are going to a hot place have do not forget to buy and use protective creams on 50 factors for babies. Take a hat for your baby to shade her from the sun light or keep her head bundled in cool weather.
  • Carry baby stuff in a separate bag. Thus you will find baby goods easily and quickly when you need them.
  • While traveling with your baby wherever you go, do not forget you will need medical supplies, vitamin, baby thermometer, tape, antiseptic solutions for skin injuries so consult your pediatrician for a medication list.  Prepare a first-aid kit so you’ll have the supplies you need for dealing with minor medical problems.
  • Do not forget to bring wet towel, pillow, nail clippers, shampoo, a baby blanket and your baby’s favorite toys.
  • If you are travelling by your car, your baby should always ride in the back seat and before you leave, make sure to check once more to see if the car seat is properly installed. Also make sure the harness fits your child securely.
  • If you do not know if the place you will stay is childproofed, bring your own childproofing items like plastic outlet covers, sliding cabinet locks, doorknob covers.