2023 Author: Anita Thornton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-22 03:30
Summer may be the perfect time to start potty training, but not at any cost. Certain conditions must be met. If by chance your mini is ready, here are some tips to help it take this important step.
Even if the weather is nice, everyone is relaxed and the prospect of having a child who won't soil their diapers for the rest of the holidays is very attractive, it's not up to you. When it comes to cleanliness, your mini is the master on board.
A long process
Already, stop dreaming of an end to the holidays where your little one would wear grown-up panties day and night. Potty training (like all other types of training for that matter) can be long and laborious. It can even last from 3 to 6 months. It is better to be patient. Moreover, external pressures and punishments are useless in terms of cleanliness: they only slow down the process or create other related problems. Not to mention the fact that a child can be clean for the pee and put long months before being clean for thesaddles.
Up to 4 years
Before the age of 28 months, a child does not yet have control over his sphincters and, physically, he is not yet ready to “be potty trained”. It will be somewhere between the ages of 2 and 4.
How do you know when your child will be ready? This is the question that plagues many parents. However, like Tom Thumb, your child leaves behind a few clues that announce that he is ready to take the plunge. If, between changes, his diaper stays dry for a minimum of 2 hours, if your mini tries to remove his diaper himself, if he comes to see you when he is wet and hides to do his bowel movements, it's a safe bet that your child is ready for grown-up pants. Add to this list the fact that he knows the parts of his body, that he can go up and down the stairs without holding on and you are almost guaranteed success in the near future!
Summer is less complex
Hopefully your child will be ready to start learning this summer. You will therefore be able to benefit from the fact that a child in a bathing suit, or simply in underwear, washes his face more easily during small incidents (i.e. if he does not relieve himself in the potty or toilet).
To facilitate learning
A potty, a child seat to put on the toilet and quality toilet paper are tools that can help potty training. By the way, the paper CascadesFluff ® Ultra is hypoallergenic, so ideal for children who have much more sensitive skin than us adults. In addition, it is the softest paper in the Cascades family, due to its improved cushioning and premium thickness. Let your child touch the paper, he will see how soft it is! Also remember to invite your child to go to the potty at fixed times – When waking up, before and after meals, for example. Never leave your little one there for more than ten minutes and make sure he doesn't force it.
Don't scold him
If your little one soils his clothes, invite him to change and clean himself with your help. Be careful, however, not to rush him or make him feel like a punishment.
We would be tempted to believe that training pants (like Pull-Ups, not to name them) are an effective solution. However, in this kind of underwear, the child will never be uncomfortable if he urinates. He will therefore be less inclined to want to use the potty in order to stay dry.
Be proud of your child, show him that his successes as well as his failures affect you, since he makes an effort. To make potty training more fun and help your mini understand this important step better, here are some great books: Mr. is my poo okay? and everybody dopoo.
The little tip for expert moms:
Go do some shopping with your child and let him choose his first panties. He will be so happy and proud that he will go the extra mile not to defile them!