The little ones develop very quickly. Yesterday they were still sleeping peacefully in the cot, today they are already crawling through the apartment and dedicating themselves to extensive exploration tours. And tomorrow? There might even be going to the toilet alone! To ensure that this also works without any problems, you should start thinking about the subject of becoming dry early enough. Because at some point every child becomes clean. However, you can gently help your child to get clean and encourage them to be independent.
When to start training?
Before you eagerly start getting used to the toilet, take a look at the child’s level of development. Because the dwarves develop at different speeds. Some show an interest in ceramics from an early age and want to emulate mum and dad. Others remain completely inquisitive for a long time and still others are even skeptical about the whole thing. You see, there is no precise time when your child will be ready for toilet training. Instead of working with coercion and pressure and thus more likely to cause rejection, it is better to rely on patience and pay attention to the following signs:
- Does your child find the full diaper uncomfortable?
- Does it show great curiosity about the toilet?
- Is it interested in what mom and dad do on the toilet?
If you notice this behavior in your child, take it as a positive signal towards toilet training. A firm and predictable bowel movement and a diaper that has been dry for several hours also indicate the necessary development.
Before your child uses the toilet, however, you should be sure that the little ones can sit safely without the common fear of falling into the toilet. A child’s toilet seat or an interesting potty often helps. First, introduce your child to a potty or toilet attachment and explain exactly what they are used for. It can be helpful to associate the potty with the adult toilet so your child understands the purpose.
Potties or special toilet seats?
If training is imminent, the training material should also be right. Because the conventional toilet with the built-in toilet seat is primarily geared towards the needs of tall people. For practice and for the first time on the toilet, the toilet should also be adapted to the special needs of the little ones.
You can choose between a potty and a toilet seat with built-in children’s goggles. The big advantage of the small toilet bowl is its flexibility: Whether in the garden, in the bathroom or on long car journeys – the small plastic bowl is great as a constant companion. So the child can easily do his business without a stressful sprint to the toilet. However, if it often imitates the parents, the toilet seat with the two glasses offers a good solution. Your child sits safely on the bowl and can watch everything closely. If you don’t want to replace the entire toilet seat, you can find a practical attachment in stores or online that you can simply place under your glasses. The seat is made of lightweight plastic so that the child can put the attachment on himself under supervision. In addition, you can easily take it with you on vacation.
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|Portable, flexible in use, low height for independent use||Permanently installed, combines a small and a large pair of glasses||Flexible use, can be placed under existing glasses, also portable|
1) It should be fun!
Nobody learns well under pressure. For this reason, the toilet training should be provided with a good portion of fun. If the child likes the new task, learning is much more fun. It also turns out to be more successful. If he asks what you are doing in the toilet, explain it to him. Feel free to put it on the lid and tell us what happens when you go to the toilet. Feel free to flush it so it gets used to the noisy, swirling water. If it shows great skepticism, take it with you to the loo. So it looks like nothing happens to the parents and the process is less scary. Your child cannot understand what is happening? Don’t worry, children’s songs will help him understand the process. And with a little song you learn better!
2) Give yourself time
Even children who are eager to learn and eager to learn don’t learn to use the toilet overnight. Many processes are involved in going to the toilet. So the little ones first have to train to control their muscles and go to the toilet when they have to. Ask your child to speak up when they feel the urge. Then you can go to the toilet together. If he is still wearing a diaper, change it afterwards. If it is diaper-free, put it on the potty. You should expect false alarms or notifications that are too late, especially at the beginning. Praise the willingness to learn and try. If it’s a success, you’ll be all the happier.
3) Reward helps
Children all learn differently. For some, the feeling of growing up is enough, emulating mom and dad is incentive enough. Without a diaper, they feel cooler and more grown-up. Others, on the other hand, need a little more reward. For example, chic underpants, like adults wear them. Colorful prints with flowers, firefighters, animals or superheroes are fun and create an incentive to finally get dry. With a little luck, going to the toilet will be much faster.
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