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When to introduce potty training

Potty training requires time and patience for both kids and their parents. Starting them on too early may take longer for them to learn. There is no such thing as the perfect age to start potty training your little one. Experts suggest that the best time to start potty training your kid is when they start showing signs. So, make sure not to pressure your little one to start training if they are not ready yet. Starting them on too early or rushing them might take longer than it should!

  • Initiate standard bathroom conversations

Talk to your kids about when they have to go. Avoid using any negative words while you do so such as ‘dirty’, ‘ugly’, or ‘stinky’, remember this is a natural phenomenon and using negative words will only impact on your little one negatively. Your child may even have questions related to this topic and answering and discussing on it will only reinforce a positive attitude towards the same.

  • Look for signs from your kiddo

Before initiating potty training, make sure to look for specific signs which indicates that your child is ready. Some of these signs maybe being able to show or tell in a certain way that he/she wants to go, showing some kind of interest to imitate you going to the bathroom or using the potty, staying dry and informing you for a change of diaper or even pulling his/her pants down to go.

  • Prepare!

Make sure to purchase a proper potty seat or chair in which your child can sit and get up with ease, place a stool where he/she can rest their feet if their feet do not touch the floor. It is important that your child is comfortable to get the job done. Schedule your little one’s potty breaks by taking your little one once in an hour or 2 to make him/her sit in the potty, let them take their time. Talk to them about staying clean, dry and hygienic by washing and/or wiping once their done. Lastly, just remember to stay calm if your little one accidently goes. Mistakes happen! So don’t scold, shout, shame or discipline them. Let them know that it's okay as it was only by accident because they might have forgotten or did not make it on time, talk to them about it. Let them be independent and aware of toilet behaviours.

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