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Tips to Prevent Toilet Issues When Potty Training
Finally, the little one is walking and talking a little, and you are looking forward to days without diapers. In a perfect situation, you would be looking at life with a potty trained child who does not wet the bed, preferably before the child turns three.
Can we make potty training stick, and how fast can we do it? We can make it easier with a few hacks like the ones below:
Preventing toilet issues when potty training
Parents live for the day that their children wear their last diaper, but getting there is a bit of a process. Get your child started with the following tips:
Do not rush it
Your child will let you know when they are ready. When the baby turns two, parents will notice an independent streak in the child. The baby will be able to walk around and complete small tasks. They will also become a bit headstrong as the terrible twos set in.
To know if the child is ready for potty training, the parent should watch for these clues:
- The child has a dry diaper for more than two hours
- The baby lets you know that they have just soiled their diaper
- The baby lets you know that they are about to soil their diaper
- They start refusing to wear diapers and try to pull off a wet or soiled diaper
- The child becomes interested in watching people go to the toilet
- They are able to follow simple instructions
- They can pull their pants up or down
A child who has achieved these developmental milestones is ready for potty training. Some precocious children become ready for potty training as early as 18 months.
How to make potty training stick
Now that the baby is ready to quit diapers, teach them to use the toilet with a few tips:
- If you plan to potty train with an actual toilet, install a baby-sized toilet seat
- If you are using a potty, change the baby and place the diaper in the potty so that the child can associate the potty with going to the bathroom
- When potty training a child, keep a strict routine. Do not start potty training just as you are about to travel or move homes
- Keep the baby from getting constipated by feeding them a high fiber diet with lots of water
- Let the child watch a trusted adult use the toilet, even if it is awkward
- Be patient with the child. Do not get frustrated or put pressure on the baby; all that does is delay a child’s progress
A small child can fall into a normal-sized toilet bowl, so invest in your child and make the toilet child-friendly. Install a special toilet seat for the baby and fit some steps so that the baby can easily sit on the toilet bowl.
As the child gets a little older, go a step further and install little steps to help the child reach the sink and taps.
Dealing with bedwetting
As the child gets older, the potty training will stick but bedwetting may remain a problem. To make the problem go away, schedule regular bathroom breaks in the hours before bedtime. Keep the kid hydrated throughout the day and stop the intake of fluids in the hours before bedtime.
Motivate the child by rewarding them on the nights that they do not wet the bed. If the child is older than five and you suspect a medical problem, do not hesitate to see a pediatrician.
It is just a phase
Learning to use the toilet is part of growing up, so just go with it. With patience on your part and a little bit of time, your child’s toilet issues will be a thing of the past.
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