Toilet training is a major developmental step, both physically and emotionally for toddlers and so needs to be handled very carefully. Whilst most parents look forward to the day when their child no longer needs nappies, very few happily anticipate the process of potty training. With perseverance, they will get past this hurdle. Each child will display a unique ability to be toilet trained when the time is right for them and no one else. Although there are ways for you to monitor this readiness, it would be unwise to proceed with the training before you see the signs. Physically a child must be able to hold in their urine for several hours, though this will only occur when his/her bladder muscles have developed enough. Mentally the child must also be able to recognise the signs that they are in need to use the toilet. Not only will they need to recognise the physical signs that they need to use the toilet but they will need to recognise them before they urinate or defecate. Some signs that a child may be ready to train are
* If their nappies remain dry for several hours at a time * If the child tells you they need to use the toilet
* If the child shows their frustration in nappies
* If the child shows an interest in other children who have been toilet trained Once the child is physically and mentally ready to train, as well as showing no fear or dislike for it, it may be time to start. There is no one standard way to toilet train a child but most families find whatever way they feel comfortable with and has worked for their families in the past. Some of the things families choose to do are * Take a trip to the shops and buy a special potty with their child * Allow the child to play with the potty
* Explain the use of the toilet using books and videos
* Bribing works! Rewards systems and treats
* Talk about being a “big kid” most children love the idea of being grown up * If you are ok with it,...