Starting to use the potty is a very important moment in the baby’s life, as this will mean it will stop wearing diapers.
However, this doesn’t mean that it will happen from one day to the other but rather that, on the contrary, it’ll be a process in which parents have to cooperate with the baby for it to be able to leave the diapers behind.
Which is the right age to start potty training?
Specialists have determined that the right age for the baby to start potty training is between 2 and 3 years old. However, it is important to consider that each baby is different and each has its own particular rhythm, which is why, as a parent, you must recognize the moment in which the child is ready to start using the potty.
What happens if parents start teaching the child before it is time?
It is common for parents to want to advance the time in which the baby stops wearing diapers, but this is not a good option, contrary to what many think. In fact, studies have concluded that a baby that stops wearing diapers before it is time will be more prone to suffering nocturnaleneuresis, that is to say, bedwetting, and this might continue happening up to when the child is more than 10 years old.
How do you know if the baby is ready to use the potty?
Some of the signs that indicate that the baby is ready to start learning to use the potty are:
- The baby starts having a special curiosity for the toilet
- The child starts using expressions or words to indicate his/her parents that he/she wants to go
- He/She can pull down his/her pants without help
- The child is capable to follow instructions
- The diaper remains dry for several hours straight
How do you help the baby to stop wearing diapers?
- Take your child to the store and make him/her choose the color of the potty he/she likes the most
- Place the potty inside the bathroom in a spot that the baby likes
- Make the baby become familiar with the potty by sitting him/her on it several times a day for some minutes
- In case you notice that the child is rejecting the idea of the potty, make sure you avoid the subject for a couple of weeks and try again after that
- Don’t force your baby to go to the toilet when he/she doesn’t want to go
- It is very important not to argue with the child in the case that he/she doesn’t show interest on the potty, as this will make the process take longer than normal
- Don’t ask him/her with a lot of frequency if he/she wants to go to the toilet, as the child can feel pressured