Toilet Training – Set the Stage and Go

It obviously becomes more urgent to you that it is time to toilet train, than it does to your child. When your child produces stools that are more grown up, the diaper changing gets distasteful fast. Your child may not be in much of a hurry… after all, going to the potty causes an interruption in the child’s play time.

When your child begins to recognize and talk about the products in his diaper, you need to begin to attach a negative connotation to the dirty or wet diaper and begin to talk about how and why daddy and mommy go to the potty. It is time to begin showing your child how to potty by letting them observe you in action. Show them your clean underwear to compare with theirs.

When you decide it’s time to begin potty training, place a potty chair in the bathroom. You will want to use one that sits on the commode – not on the floor. Starting your child on a potty chair then moving him to the “big” potty later on is an unnecessary transition that sometimes sets the child’s progress back. Begin monitoring the times your child poops or pees during the day. Then begin setting the child on the pot during those times.

If you observe your child showing signs that he or she may need to use the toilet such as squatting, straining, or holding the genital area, get them to the toilet fast. You may get half of the job done in the pot and half in the diaper, but the first deposit in the toilet is an occasion for effusive praise. Keep the toilet paper handy and let the child unroll a length and use it even if you need to follow up and complete the job. The sooner you let them get involved in this process the sooner the whole process becomes linked in their mind. When it’s time to flush, let your child do the honors.