When will the child begin to control the toilet?
If you have a young child, you may already have started to wonder when and how you will know if your child is ready to remove diapers.
There is no magic age for children to start using the toilet.
Everything will depend on the physical and emotional development of the child, although in most cases they begin to show interest between 24 and 36 months.
What signs indicate that a child is ready to remove the diaper?
Parents are the ones who know their children best, therefore they will be the ones who can more easily recognize when the child begins to be interested and ready for "this new advance".
Some of the signs that may indicate that the child is ready for this new learning include:
• He is able to keep diaper dry during two hours or more up to date.
• Is interested in using the urinal or toilet. They may want to toss paper in or flush.
• understands and is able to follow basic instructions.
• Ask to sit on the toilet or urinal.
• Aware that the diaper is dirty.
Some tips that can be useful in the process of toilet training
If you think the child is ready to be able to remove the diaper:
• Buy underwear for various changes. Especially in the first days it is very normal for there to be many "leaks". Try to make the underwear you buy cartoon.
• It may be helpful to buy a potty or a special adapter for children for the toilet. The child will feel more comfortable.
• Squatting, touching the genitals, moving, ... are some signs that your child may need to go to the bathroom. It is important to respond quickly to these signals, and try to familiarize the child with them so that he knows that it is time to go to the bathroom.
• Make him feel like going to the bathroom is a good thing. It's a good time to read books to him and sing songs.
• Be patient. When the child has an accident, do not put any punishment.
• Congratulate the child when he is able to tell you that he needs to go to the bathroom or when he can make it on time. It is importantreinforce efforts of the child with praise.
• Consider the possibility of give you some kind of incentive. Some children respond to the stickers, take them to the park, tell them an account before going to sleep,… Experiment what works best.
And above all remember that each child develops individually. Toilet training will occur when the child is ready.
If you have any questions, consult your pediatrician.
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