Why is potty training important

Potty training

Potty training - proceed step by step

Getting dry is a lengthy process. Not only is the right equipment needed, but also enough time and the correct approach. With these practical tips, going to the potty will become a routine for your child and nothing stands in the way of a diaper-free time.

Step 1: explain how the toilet works

Children are naturally curious in the first few years of life and learn a lot through observation. Take advantage of this curiosity and show your child for example, what happens to his "big business"when something has ended up in the diaper. Dispose of the contents of the diaper in the potty first, then empty the contents of the potty into the toilet and flush them down. Talk to your child and explain the individual processes to him. This enables your child to better understand why they should go to the potty from now on.

Step 2: Raise awareness of using the toilet

Most children find it easier to stay dry during the day than at night. To do this, leave your child at home regularly walking around without a diaper for a few hours. In the summer months, you can also let your child jump around completely "down without". This has the advantage that in the event of mishaps - which occur again and again during potty training - clothing does not have to be changed and washed.
Watch at what intervals it has to go to the toilet and how it behaves before these moments. Over time, you can often tell whether your child needs to go to the toilet by their posture and facial expression. If you perceive this behavior, you can your Ask child if it "has to". This will help you to know when it is time to go to the potty or the toilet.

Step 3: establish a potty routine

Before your child willingly use the potty or toilet seat for the first time, they should slowly get used to this feeling. Put your child once or twice a day at certain times thereon. For example after eating or after waking up. It doesn't matter if your child doesn't have to. However, praise any attempt. So your child gets used to being on the potty or going to the bathroom. With the routine, the likelihood of having to go to the bathroom increases at this time.
By the way, the potty should be in the bathroom. Your child should learn directly where to go to the bathroom. This is not an arbitrary place, but the shared bathroom or the bathroom in the day care center and kindergarten.

Step 4: Promote independence

Once your child has gotten used to the pot or toilet seat, you shouldn't just sit on it like that. Encourage your child Let them know when they feel the urge to go to the toilet. Then accompany them to the potty or the toilet - but try to let the child do as much as possible in connection with the potty or toilet: open pants, pull pants down, use toilet paper or damp toilet tissues. At the end there comes the moment when everything is tightened again. Also, practice with your child washing their hands every time afterwards.

Step 5: With a reward and playful ease to success

Every course go to the potty or the toilet a success - even if it is not always crowned with success. Praise Your child for it. It will be like this positively encouragedto do that again next time. You can be supportive create further incentivesmotivating your child to use the potty or toilet as often as possible. For example, you can stick a sticker in a “diaper-free sticker album” for every successful potty or toilet trip or read a nice story to it. That leaves that Potty training appear playful.
No matter what kind of reward - it is important that it is done promptly. Most children at this age do not yet understand the connection between their actions and a reward at a later point in time.

Step 6: Dealing with Adversity Correctly

Especially at the beginning something goes wrong with potty training. Such little mishaps are completely normal and not that bad. Your child is in the learning phase and will not be diaper-free overnight. Important: Be patient and don't scold.
Even if your child has already made good progress in potty training and suddenly refuses to potty any more or Regression do not scold him or show your disappointment. The motivation to stay diaper-free becomes one with your child Come back later. Even with major changes in the children's lives, such as the birth of a sibling, it can happen that they are interested in the diaper again. If so, this “step backwards” should not discourage you. Such a situation is usually short-lived.