Toilet training is an exciting milestone in your child’s development. You finally feel that it’s time to take the next step to eliminate their reliance on diapers. However, an eagerness to complete this giant accomplishment and a lack of understanding about the process can cause significant frustration for you and your child. You may have read and listened to many experts on the subject of toilet training to prepare yourself for the experience, but the preparation is incomplete if you don’t help your child get ready as well. Your child will be a partner in this venture, and it is imperative that he or she is also adequately prepared. Using effective strategies to equip your child will help you go through this milestone with fewer frustrations.
The start of toilet training means that your child has to adjust to life without a diaper, and learn go to the bathroom whenever they feel the urge. You can make this transition easier for your child by preparing them for the different activities associated with toilet training. But, before you begin, The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends assessing your child’s readiness for toilet training. Ready or Not Timing is important for toilet training; however, your child may not be ready at the same time as other children. You need to rely on your child to determine readiness for this venture.
Timing is important for success in toilet training because the entire team has to be ready to embark on this milestone process. This team consists of the child, the parents and any childcare providers. The right time to start toilet training depends on your child’s readiness, the training methods, and your childcare needs. Is your child ready to drop their diapers and sit on the toilet? Your child will tell you in several subtle ways.
You may experience challenges and setbacks when toilet training your toddler. Do not blame yourself for the setbacks that occur. They have nothing to do with your parenting style. Stool toileting refusal, withholding stool, hiding when having a bowel movement, encopresis, or soiling and nighttime wetness are common challenges that most parents face during toilet training.