There are many reasons why you would want to look into starting your child’s potty training process. Diaper rashes, backaches, and feeling uncomfortable with using the toilet all cause anxiety in a parent and their child. Or, maybe you’re just tired of disposing a dirty diaper all the time!
It is a sad fact that not all children are ready to go to the toilet at the same time, or even at all. The biggest problem with potty training is that some children may have accidents.
They may end up dirtying the toilet seats and giving everyone a hard time trying to clean things up. Maybe they end up losing their bladder before getting to the toilet, resulting in dirty underwear. This can cause your child to feel guilty and insecure about themselves.
If you feel that your child is not advancing in their potty training journey very well, then do not worry. Here are some no-no’s you should avoid during your child’s potty training process:
1. Don’t start too soon
The common age for potty training is between two to three years old. However, it is very important that you start this process as early as possible so that your child will be comfortable with using the toilet at a young age.
If you wait too long, your child may feel uncomfortable using the toilet and they may not have a very good grasp of the toilet when they do need to use it.
Make sure that you start early enough that they have ample time to get comfortable with using the toilet.
2. Don’t set deadlines
Some parents start to give their child a deadline to finish their potty training process. This can be a bad idea because your child may feel pressured and get discouraged. They may stay to feel anxious that they won’t be able to finish before the limited period of time.
If your child seems to be having a lot of problem during one training session, don’t be reluctant to give them so extra time to finish their potty training process.
Giving them an extended period of time lets them know that it’s okay to have drawbacks during this learning process.
3. Don’t make them do it when they’re stressed out
Potty training can be a very stressful process for some parents. You may be putting a lot of pressure on your child to learn to use the toilet, and this can cause stress in them.
Don’t let your child feel the pressure of learning to use the toilet, or they may become discouraged and give up on the process. It is important that you take their cues and let them know that it’s okay to have problems with this process.
If they’re often feeling stressed out during potty times, it will be even harder for them to learn to use the toilet. This will cause them to feel anxious and even become scared of going to the toilet.
4. Don’t forget to give positive reinforcement
When your child is doing well with their potty training process, you should reward them with a positive reinforcement. You should give them verbal praise when they do something right and tell them how proud you are of them.
You can also give them physical rewards, like a dessert to have after dinner. This will help your kid have some sort of positive association with going to the potty.
This is especially true if they feel they’re doing something wrong. Don’t say negative things to your child when they have potty accidents. This can cause them to become anxious and discouraged with their potty training process.
Make sure that you tell them that they’re doing a good job and you’re proud of them for finishing their potty training process.
5. Don’t change the time schedule
It is important that you don’t change the time of when they’re supposed to go to the toilet. This may confuse their bladder schedule and cause them to have a lot of problems with their potty training process.
For example, you can set aside night time potty training for them to do after dinner and before bed.
It is best to stick to the same consistent schedule for the entire potty training process. This will help your child get used to going to the potty more easily.
6. Don’t ignore their body’s signals
If your child seems to be uncomfortable during potty training, don’t ignore it. They may be experiencing something that you are not aware of, such as an infection or stomach pain.
You should always try to address any issues that your child may be having with their health before potty training them, so that they will not experience problems while trying to learn how to use the toilet.
Potty training can be very stressful for some children, especially if they’re not feeling well and have other health issues going on in their bodies. Make sure that you address any concerns with your child’s health before starting this process.
It is important that you keep in mind that not all children are ready to go to the toilet at the same time. This is why it is so important that you start your child’s potty training process as early as possible, while still taking sure not to force the process.
It will help them become more comfortable with using the toilet, and they will be more likely to finish their potty training process on time. Being able to go to the potty on time will allow them to become a more independent child.
Finally, If your child seems to have severe issues with the potty, then you should consult a doctor before continuing the process. This can help your child to get over any possible issues that they may be having with their body, be it an illness or a psychological factor.