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Parenting Guide: Training your Child for Toilet

One of the major milestones in a toddler's life is getting trained for toilet. And it is also an equally important milestone in motherhood journey. We had discussed about the correct age and the signs that a toddler show when s/he is ready to be toilet trained. Today, we're discussing about this milestone in detail and how to achieve it.

Types of Potty

There are two different kinds of potty sets available.

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Separate Potty Chair Pot: This is a baby chair with a pot like structure. It's provides a regular chair like seating and is apt for younger kids who feel scared to be sitting on the toilet seat yet. This can be used anywhere, but it is recommended to be using this inside the toilet room.

This kind of Potty Set is apt for households that have a single toilet facility or smaller spaces in the toilet area.

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Toilet Seat Covers: These are special smaller size toilet seat covers meant for kids and can be fixed well on the regular toilets while kids use the seat. Easily removable and washable these are a popular way to train your kids for toilet. These come with variations of with or without footrests. The ones that do not have footrests are more mobile but a separate stepper stool may be used along with to give a proper seating posture to your kid.

Both of these variations come in a variety of beautiful prints and bright colors to attract kids.

Training your Child

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Once you've decided on the type of potty to be used, the next step comes is to actual train the kid.

The first step is to let your sit on the potty fully clothed while you being around to introduce the seat to them. Give them some time to get adjusted to the seat. Then start creating a schedule.

Creating a potty ritual for your kids by having them sit on the potty several times a day so that they get habitual. May be every two hours, whether they have to go or not, and also the first thing in the morning and before bedtime.

Then when they are habitual, ask them to remove his pants or shorts (or training underpants, if they're using it) and to sit on the seat or potty for a few minutes. If you think they might poop, you can increase the time.

Engage with the kid by reading him a book or a verbal game to make the waiting time fun and interesting.



Then, as a last step, make them habitual of flushing the toilet (whether or not they've actually pooped or peed, and wash their hands.

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Choose the Right Time

Any transition in a child's life is emotionally and physically exhausting. Make sure you're not starting another training activity while there is already a training going on and is yet to be completed. Not doing so might confuse the child and may result in frustration and uncompleted tasks.

Also, try not starting any training when there is planned vacation or big event coming up in future. The idea is to create a routine and by any distraction that routine is broken and that might delay the training process.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the child is not going through any emotional transition. Be it any new person coming in contact with them (a new nanny, school teacher etc) and the child is not changing her feeding habits.

Rewards

Once the child has learnt how to use the toilet completely, reward them by bringing in new underpants (meant for toilet trained kids) as a reward and appreciate them each time they use the toilet without much support from you or any other adult.

-Rashi Gaur

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