As a pediatrician in practice for 11 years now I feel that patience is the key for parents to be successful in toilet training. As achieving toilet training is an important milestone and kids vary in their areas of development the timeframe for readiness varies. It is evolved in a stepwise manner and it can have setbacks at times. So as I highlighted patience is the key.Parents can start assessing for readiness starting 18 months till 3 years. Most children attain readiness around 2 years and complete the training by 3 years. There are various methods involved and it largely varies with different customs and traditions. After assessing the readiness I would encourage parents to start reading books or show some videos about toilet training and explain that this how the adults poop. If your answers to most of the questions listed in the questionnaire below are yes then you can go ahead and start the training.
Next step is to choose the type of potty whether it is going to be seperate potty chair or child seat on toilet (Take precautions to avoid drowning incidents). Let the baby choose what he/she wants.
Start slowly but steadily and make it as a routine whether it happens or not.Create a calm and encouraging environment, don’t push them to make it happen.Expect toilet accidents during training,If that happens don’t punish, give reassurance to the child.
Have a plan for positivea reward system in place and buy them their favorite stuff after they finish a row.
Resistance and refusal can occur any time during the training period when kids are upset, when the environment changes (like change of house, birth of new baby, new care giver), be patient stop the training for a while and restart after the baby settles in. These are pretty common in healthy children too.
So this summarizes my few tips for successful and stress free toilet training in kids. Stay safe, stay healthy and happy parenting.
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