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Potty Training Your Toddler

Updated: Jun 8, 2020

Potty training your kid might be challenging. By 15-18 months of age, kids can be prepared to be potty trained as their bladder can hold urine, thus avoiding toilet accidents.

For a successful potty training:

Certain signs indicate that your child is ready for potty training. Lets find out here:

  • Your child can sit and stand independently.

  • Pull up and down their pant (unassisted).

  • Express the need to use bathroom through facial expressions and words.

  • May want to change the soiled diapers and wear it after the potty.

  • Walks to and fro from bathroom

As parents,

  • Demonstrate the process to your kid using his/her favourite toy or doll.

  • Take your kid to the loo at frequent intervals.

  • In case of early toilet training you can hold your kid in your arms over a sink or tub and make a hiss sound. Over a period of time your kid will associate the sound for peeing.

  • You can use sounds or words (easy for your kid to use) referring to peeing and pooping to use when needed for the act.

  • Be patient and persistent and don’t pressurise as there is likelihood of more toilet accidents.

  • Reward your kid (but don’t bribe), it develops positive attitude.

  • Assure your kid that you will be there for him/her to assist and that he/she can be off diapers soon.

There is general perception that girls get potty trained a little earlier and quicker than boys as they physically mature sooner, have more advanced language skills, socialize well and desire to please to their parents. While boys are too busy playing and that pottying is the last priority for them. Also generally boys usually imitate their dads (by 2 1/2 – 3 years of age) and want to urinate while standing and not sitting. Some kids might take even longer time to get potty trained (a month or even a year).

Training Your Kids For Night Pee?

Training kids for night potty is more challenging as you have to wake your kid at night. Your kid might not cooperate and might be irritable initially.

1. Observe for how long your kid stays dry at night (say 3-4 hours), so that you can awaken your kid based on their schedules and habits.

2. Get them to the habit of emptying the bladder before they go to bed.

3. Let your kid sleep in a bath attached bedroom.

4. Restrict the water intake of your kid after at least 2-3 hours before their bed time (especially during winter). This may help in staying dry overnight.

5. Keep a dull light on, so that your kid can find the way to the loo easily and avoid toilet accidents.

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