Thursday, March 7, 2013
Basic Potty Training Guide
Parents look forward to the switch from changing soiled diapers to that joyful time when the baby uses the potty. The age varies however, in developing countries, learning the trick happens even after a few weeks from age, in the United States however, and other developed countries, the process takes place later, at 12-24 months, with some children wearing diapers up to ages 3 and 4. Whichever the case, it is up to the parent to keep an eye out for the telltale signs.
Infant Potty Training
In East Africa, Asia and mainland China, potty training commences at infancy (0-12 months). The constant interaction the parents have with the infants encourages early spotting of the telltale signs. Here the process is quiet simple. At 3-6 months, the parent will hold the baby over the potty, or sink, and as the baby eliminates, make a characteristic gesture or sound. This is mostly followed by a reward of some kind. The baby learns to associate this sound or gesture with a bathroom break. Most will often hold till the guardian makes such a gesture. this can help the child to develop restraint or better still,voice out intent to go to the bathroom.
Though this is not what most people consider conventional potty training, it has a number of benefits. The baby learns quite fast, avoids the diaper infections, and is more settled on the potty since they haven't learnt to crawl or walk yet.
Potty Training for Young Toddlers
Potty training for toddlers in the United States starts at 12-24 months. However, depending on the child's maturity and development, this presents a number of problems.
Toddlers at this age find it extremely difficult to break the diaper habit. Secondly, due to the found joys of crawling and walking, the children may be too frisky to sit still for even few minutes.
However, this has its benefits too. The need to please adults, a trait common in children at this age, and developed mental capability makes the whole potty training process easier.
Signs the Baby Is Ready
There are tell-tale signs that the baby is ready for the potty. These include;
• A developed curiosity to the bathroom, potty or items resembling such items.
• An improved awareness to bowel movement and urine.
• Acute discomfort when wet or soiled
• Improved vocabulary especially with words like ″poop″ and ″peepee″. This shows a desire to be changed or just sit on the potty for fun.
Before venturing out to buy the potty, the parent should plan the whole potty training process first. The decisions to make include
• how to initiate the process
• how to deal with failure or accidents
• signs to back off
Patience and flexibility is vital for this activity. Just like walking, the baby may show wrong signs or develop interest later. Success will not necessarily assume a linear gradient. The child may take off late, earlier or start successfully then regress at later stages. However, don't wait for the baby to passively show the signs, this leads to late potty training which may delay other developmental milestones. Many of the signs can be taught or encouraged. The earlier, the better.
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