Usually when the Mayo Clinic has something to say, we listen. And as we continue Bathroom month here at Ohdeedoh, we read about what the world renowned Mayo Clinic has written about potty training.
One of the first things the article asks is to really examine if you child is ready to be potty trained. Do they seem interested in the underwear, are they curious about the toilet? Other questions include:
- Does your child stay dry for periods of two hours or longer during the day? Does he or she wake from naps dry?
- Does your child have fairly predictable bowel movements?
- Does your child tell you when he or she needs to potty or poop?
- Is your child uncomfortable in wet or dirty diapers?
- Can your child pull down his or her pants and pull them up again?
If you answered with many "yesses", then the time may be right to start The Potty Training!
Humor and a positive attitude are paramount, as no one wants to get yelled at for having accidents. A little chuckle in a tense wet-pant situation can go a long way. So if you are both ready to go, start by getting all the equipment out, "Place a potty chair in the bathroom. Encourage your child to sit on the potty chair — with or without a diaper....Use simple, correct terms. Let your child see you and other family members using the toilet." Other tips include scheduled potty breaks, staying with your son or daughter while they are sitting on the potty, have them sit on the potty with or without a diaper -- even if they don’t have to go.
Finally, the Mayo Clinics adds:
Know when to call it quits. If your child resists using the potty chair or toilet or simply doesn't get the hang of it, take a break. Chances are, he or she simply isn't ready yet.
To read the complete article, visit the Mayo Clinic's site.