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What Are The Best Potty-Training Method, And What Are The Best Tips For Potty-Training

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Potty-Training Methods

Being a parent takes a lot of patience; from the point you give birth, you are so excited to see your baby, and changing the diaper for your child is one of the things you look forward to doing. For how long do you think you can cope with changing diapers? Why not try to incorporate potty training for your child? This article will give us more insight into the best potty-training method for your child.

Once you have decided that it is time to start potty training, you need not rush but take a proper lesson on potty training.

If you think your child is ready to be potty-trained, the next step is to consider what potty training style will be the best for your child. It is essential to know that there is no right potty training method and no potty training comes without its disadvantages or advantages. There are many potty-training methods, but this article will discuss child-oriented potty training, 3-day potty training, and adult-led potty training.

A Child-Oriented Potty-Training

This potty training method was first introduced by a paediatrician named BERRY BRAZELTON in 1962. This method is a concept of following a child’s readiness signs for each step of the toilet training process, and this method is used by parents who are not in a rush to potty-train their child and are okay with using diapers for a few more months.

This method is usually adopted for a child between 2 and 3 years of age but closer to 3 years of age. It can begin when your child says they want to use the bathroom. The first step is that your child goes to the potty and sits on it readily, even with their clothes on. The next step is that your child sits on the potty without diapers or pants and is raised; if that goes well, it can work out fine. The next step is to put your child on the potty after they soil their diaper and the content is being emptied into the potty, and then you explain to the child that poop and pee go into a potty. The next step is to make your child go diaperless for a short period and is encouraged to use the potty by himself during this process; if your child refuses the potty, you should stop training for one to two months and then try again. The pros of this method are that there is no pressure on the child, and you can train your child at your convenience. The cons of this method are that it can take a long time until the complete training is complete from start to finish.

3-Day Potty-Training  

This train-in-days method was started in 1974 by two physiologists named NATHAN AZIRN and RICHARD FOXX. From research works, it has been suggested that this method, along with the child-oriented method, is the most successful.

This method is mainly adopted by parents who desire their children to be potty-trained quickly. This method usually works best when the child is at least 22 months old. This method is a quick potty training plan and is mainly adopted if a child needs to join a new school or activity. The cons of this method are that it requires total commitment solely for potty training for a duration of 3-days. Also, do not forget that there will be many accidents with toilet use along the way.

The process starts with the first step being day one; all the child’s diapers are thrown out. Next, you dress them in a regular T-shirt and big kid underwear. Let it be at heart that you need to stock up on a lot of underwear and liquids that encourage peeing before starting this training.

You start to show your child the toilet and tell them that they need to make us (parents) aware when they need to go to the bathroom to keep their underwear dry. Now, the unavoidable accidents come into play, as a parent, you need to be alert in helping your child if they have an accident, run them to the toilet, and have them finish in the bathroom. This process continues as it requires the parent to stay calm. Praise the child often and use accidents to teach them when they need to go to the bathroom.

Adult-Led Potty Training.

This method is an organized method and is best for parents that have a planned day fixed already. This method is easy to adopt if you are a parent who loves to stick to schedules. There is no stipulated age, but it is assumed once a child show signs of readiness.

The pros to this method are that it is easy for parents interacting with a child to be consistent with it. In addition, there is no need to fix or block out days to focus on potty training. The cons of this method are that because a child is not starting most of the bathroom visits, they may not know when pressed.

This method agrees that a parent should help their child use the toilet based on certain time intervals. For example, urge your child to go to the toilet every 2 to 3 hours. Also, you can teach your child to go to the bathroom before and after every meal, during activities, and before sleeping. It would be best if you were open-minded during this adult-led potty training because your child may request to use the toilet, all you have to do is to support them.

Tips For Potty-Training

Before picking a potty training method, you must take a moment and consider if your child is ready to stop using diapers. You might be prepared to start potty training for your child, but your child might not be ready. As a parent, one way to know that your child is ready to potty train is to look for signs of readiness.

Some of these signs include:

  • Your child shows interest in the toilet and how people use it.
  • When your child puts out the desire to use the bathroom.
  • When your child tries to imitate adults.
  • When your child tries to display, they can pull down or pull up their pants and wash their hands.
  • When you see your child takes a long time to wet their diapers.

You should know that all children are not the same, they are unique in their ways. Therefore, as a parent, before you begin potty training for your child, stock up on the supplies necessary for the exercise, such as a toilet seat, small step stools for the bathroom, big kid underwear, a potty etc.

Before starting potty training, you should help your child get accustomed to the potty chair or toilet.

You can read books or sing songs together as they sit on the potty chair.

Once your child shows signs of refusing to use the toilet or withholds pee, it is crucial to stay calm and not punish your child. Instead, you should keep encouraging your child to use the toilet. When you notice your child does not fit well with the potty training, taking a break for a bit is acceptable.

When choosing a suitable potty-training method for your child, consider your child’s personality, schedule, and parenting style.

Potty training requires a great deal of patience and persistence, regardless of the method you adopt.

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