As a parent, the time for potty training represents an exciting milestone in your child’s life. It also comes as a relief for anyone with a keen gag reflex! Changing dirty diapers is a necessary part of parenthood, but let’s not pretend it’s fun. Unless your nose is highly dysfunctional, you will definitely look forward to the process of potty training your little one.
So, the sooner the better for most of us. Still, there are many questions that come up for parents embarking on this milestone. How do you get a child to understand how to do things themselves when it comes to the potty? When should you start? What methods should you use? How do you make sure the learning actually ‘sticks’? We here at Kyte BABY want to help you figure out how to train your child as easily and effectively as possible, so here are some potty training tips and tricks to help you on your way:
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Let’s face it, there is no real rush for potty training to occur. Sure, it makes life more convenient for parents, but the child has yet to appreciate the importance of time-saving and establishing routine, so you can’t expect them to rush to learn. The axiom ‘slow and steady wins the race’ is a good one to apply to potty training. It’s important to take things gradually and work with your child’s own personality. The last thing you want is for it to turn into a chore they hate, as it will take much longer and be a much more dramatic process.
On the other hand, as parents we must take the rein with our children if we want them to be well-rounded members of society. Consideration of their personality is key, but so is parental authority. Don’t be afraid to potty train your child, but also don’t let them give up on this important milestone because they find it too challenging, obstacles and responding to conflicts helps shape our children. That being said, did you know that delayed potty training is a becoming more socially acceptable? Fifty or more years ago, kids were potty trained by eighteen months! Nowadays, the average age is thirty five months, according to most urologist and pediatricians don’t recommend toilet training until at least age two, early training can lead to a thicker bladder, psychological trauma, and bacterial infections. So make sure your toddler is showing potty readiness, and you want to make sure you’re not dealing with a constipated toddler. According to Steve Hodges, M.D. Pediatric urologist, your toddler should be passing soft mushy bowel movements before trying potty training.
You can implement the best potty training tips and tricks in the world, but an accident will inevitably happen at some point. Humans are not robots, and this fact also applies to children. They might be quick learners, they might be adapting wonderfully to independent potty training, but it is likely that there will be an occasion or two where they forget, fall back into old habits, or simply go potty while they’re asleep. When such a thing happens, don’t lose patience or scare the child into being afraid of their bathroom habits. Everyone makes mistakes. Instead, you should applaud them for their progress and emphasize that this is just a minor mishap. Encouragement is always more effective than anger with regards to training a child.
So, if you truly want to help your little one progress, you can help them on the road to success by making their potty training as easy as possible. Kyte BABY underwear is easy to pull up and down so that when your child really needs to go, they can get to the potty as soon as is humanly possible. Moreover, our entire product line is made of bamboo, and our underwear is no different. Bamboo is a great material for kids who are going through potty training as it caters for the possibility of an accident happening. Bamboo is both antibacterial and anti odor for when those unfortunate accidents do happen, which will help your precious little one feel less humiliation when they make a mistake.