#FridayFAQs | Potty Training : How & When to Toilet Train Your Child


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Question : What’s a good way to toilet train your child ?

Our Answer : You may be mentally prepared to teach your kid, but is your kid ready for potty training?

Ready for Potty Training?

All children are different and some end up being emotionally and physically ready before others. If your child is ready to graduate from nappies to potty, don’t delay it. It is not as haunting or as stressful as some people make it sound like. However, you would need to give extra thought towards hygiene in order to maintain a safe and healthy environment for your family in order to prevent spread of germs and bacteria. That means, you have to make sure that their potty, bathroom taps, toilet flush, seat, areas around the potty and toilet seat, are regularly cleaned and disinfected.

Potty training tips

For a good amount of time, your child is used to being in their nappy uninterrupted while playing and watching TV. They don’t want to miss out on the fun when the potty training starts, so the least you can do is make the process exciting for them.

Start with letting your kids choose the color of their potty – it is theirs! Take them to the loo along with you and explain to them what is happening Add a dash of magic to hand hygiene with Liquid Hand Wash Store some toys or books near the potty and encourage them to stay there longer. Make sure these items are easily cleanable so you can avoid the spread of germs. Appreciate your kid whenever they do a wee or poo in their potty Introduce pants designed for potty training which will help them get used to pulling their own pants up and down.

Hygiene for hands and home

Potty training does not happen in an instance. Every child is different and for some it can be a slower journey than it is for others. Either way, it’s the best time to teach your child one of the basics of hand hygiene, explaining them what they shouldn’t touch around the toilet and introducing them to the habit of proper hand washing. Potty training takes a lot of practice and patience. You have to keep your home hygienic by the discipline of cleaning and disinfecting areas immediately (including your child’s potty) to stop the spread of germs and bacteria.

Role-modeling by parents also helps a lot to make a children understand.

Having practice sessions of sitting on the potty even if nothing happens and providing lots of praise and hugs and kisses when the child either practices or uses the potty are great ways to get started.

Readiness is an important factor in your child’s potty training success – look for subtle cues of interest, like wanting to wear underpants – to help you recognize when your toddler is ready to potty train.The pace of potty training depends on a lot of things: the child’s level of interest, readiness, motivation, and parental expectations, involvement and guidance, amongst others.

By reading our children’s cues, using thoughtful strategies to stimulate interest, and positively reinforcing potty attempts, we give toddlers the best opportunity to become successful as soon as they are ready.

Happy Parenting.

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