Whether you call it number 1 & number 2, or wee and poo.. Every parent needs some guidance when it comes to sitting on the loo!
In early June we had an instagram Q&A all about toileting training and the response was overwhelming. Many mums shared their tips and tricks whilst others needed a little advice. Well, ask and you shall receive!
Toileting is an important daily skill that has many social implications. A tricky skill for any toddler to tackle, toilet training can seem daunting for both parent and child. Here are a few tips we’ve put together to guide you!
First and foremost, both you AND your cub need to be ready for toileting to occur.
You know your little one is ready for training when you notice him/her :
1. Taking interest in the bathroom or toileting process (e.g. interested in flushing the toilet, playing with toilet paper, pretend play about going to the bathroom)
2. Wanting to observe you using the bathroom
3. Get upset about a dirty diaper and try to communicate when they have relieved themselves
Once you notice these signs, it’s time to prepare yourself. Set time aside and remember toilet training is a family commitment; make sure everyone is on board!
Develop a successful routine for potty time and stay consistent. Include the following times during the day for bathroom visits;
-when waking up
-before and after nap time
-before and after meals
-before leaving the house
A common strategy recommended by our mums was setting aside 3 days at home and taking your little one to the toilet every 20 minutes.
As parents we want toileting to be a positive experience for our little cubs. Thus, try to make the bathroom as inviting as possible by:
-placing items in close to reach areas-having a stool to help your little one get onto the toilet pan or using potty chairs/rings to allow your little one to feel as secure as possible.
-allow them to do an activity whilst on the toilet
-talking to your child whilst on the toilet and orientating them to how it works
-placing their favourite towels and fun soaps by the sink to encourage hand washing and good hygeine
-plan for your child’s sensory needs to make it as comfortable as possible; if they do not like certain sounds, smells or lights, change it to make it more welcoming.
Other tips to ensure successful toilet training include using clothing that is easy to put on and take off. Avoid using pull ups as your little one may get use to the idea that the diaper will absorb the pee.
Toileting may seem like a simple task for us adults however to our little cubs it is a complex one with many steps to follow! Visual aids such as sequencing pictures may prove helpful especially for non-verbal children such as those with autism.
Lastly mums and dads, as frustrating as messes and mistakes can be, they’re normal ! Prepare for these by carrying extra clothes and wipes. Avoid reprimanding your little one and creating fear during this transition. Rather provide positive reinforcement by rewarding them for every successful toilet trip. Star charts and encouraging words are great ways to reward your little one for their effort.
Most importantly mums and dads, DONT RUSH THE PROCESS. Every child is different and will reach milestones at their own pace. so.. Good luck, and may the odds ever be in your favour!