Get Ready, Get Set...
Are you ready for potty training? Is your toddler ready? Our advice .. dont start too soon or at a stressful time in your life or in your toddlers life.
Your toddler needs to be ready both body and mind
Not all children will experience the same level of bladder control at the same age, so you will need to trust your toddlers judgment. This may become an exercise in your own readiness to let go of your babys dependence and accept a degree of independence from your toddler.
Many parents find that cloth-diapered babies, because they feel wetness against their skin, toilet train earlier or more easily. To encourage readiness, let your toddler feel wet. Avoid stay-dry liners and diapers that wick wetness away from the skin. Try a cloth diaper next to the babys skin.
Not all children will experience the same level of bladder control at the same age, so you will need to trust your toddlers judgment. When you see early signs of readiness, have training pants and a potty chair on hand. Let your child become familiar and comfortable with these without any pressure. Explain how the training pants are used and show your toddler where they are kept. Once your toddler understands the process without you expressing any particular expectations, they can show you when they are ready to try on the training pants and sit on the potty chair or toilet.
Which training pants to choose?
A poll of more than 20,000 parents at The Baby Center shows that parents prefer cloth training pants. More than half of parents found that disposable training pants hindered the potty training process.
Let your toddler choose training pants with prints to make the next step appealing. Choose a style that can snap off like a diaper cover, pull-up pants with a waterproof outer layer, or organic cotton training pants with extra absorbency.
Let your toddler lead the adventure
Keep the potty chair in the bathroom near the toilet so your toddler can experiment by sitting on it. Ask your toddler to let you know when the time is right to try on training pants and wear them around. Dont set arbitrary requirements for potty training. Toddlers like to feel in charge. The more they are allowed to set the pace on toilet issues, the more independently they will care for their own needs.
A poll of more than 20,000 parents at The Baby Center shows that parents prefer cloth training pants. Make this an adventure, fun and worry free. Sing potty songs and shrug off accidents. Some parents like to use small toys or stickers as rewards, but you may find that celebrating success is the reward your toddler wants. Dont pressure or punish a child who isnt ready or isnt succeeding.
Most toddlers will continue to need some nighttime protection even after they can stay dry all day. You might consider a nighttime diaper or training pants that give the appearance of underwear with the absorbency of a diaper.