Potty training is every parent’s challenge. With the convenience of disposable diapers, potty training is sometimes overlooked or, even worse, procrastinated. Nonetheless, there is that pressure to potty train and most parents are usually anxious and confused about the whole process.
When Is The Best Time To Potty Train?
Most parents are usually in a quandary as to when to potty train their little one. Then they get too anxious when they start to compare their child with other children that have been potty trained already.
Dr. Loretta Cordova de Ortega, a Pediatrician at the Unm Medical Center Pediatric Clinic, has this to say.
“Well, certainly there is no specific time. The average age most children potty train is between 18 months and 24 months. But certainly, if the children is interested prior to that, you can always have them go sit on the toilet …”
That’s good news for most parents because it becomes quite stressful when a child is compared to another child that has been easily potty trained. It is also important to consider the readiness of the child. According to an online parenting resource called webmd.com, the emotional and physical readiness of the child should be considered at the onset of the potty training. If the child has any resistance, then it’s not time yet.
Creating A Good Environment For Potty Training
While potty training can be very challenging, it is a must to create a positive atmosphere for it. Dr. Loretta Cordova de Ortega agrees that consistency and a positive atmosphere are important aspects of potty training.
“That’s really the most important thing. It needs to be a positive experience. Typically, if you think about children between 16 and 24 months, is that toddler age where everything is ‘no’. So they hear a lot of negative. What you want is a potty training experience to be very positive, something they can be very proud of.”
Aside from creating a positive atmosphere for the child, it is also a must to come up with a good plan as to how to roll out the potty training.
By the time the child is ready for potty training, a regular elimination routine has already been established. A good potty training plan should revolve around the regular elimination routine of the child.
Based on the regular elimination of the child, parents should also be consistent in having their child sit on the toilet. A consistent potty training means that the child should always eliminate on the toilet seat. There should be no excuses for that. It’s important that parents really take time to do this. But in doing so, the parent should not feel obligated or stressed out that the child begins to feel that it’s a burden. Again, it is important to establish that positive atmosphere for the child.
Rewarding The Child
Some parents usually resort to a certain reward or incentive system to get the child to consistently go to the bathroom. While there’s nothing wrong with that, the best reward is for the child to know that he or she has accomplished something.
“It depends on your child, if your child does respond to sorts of incentives, you can do that. But typically the most effective award or reward is that positive experience where the child has a sense of accomplishment.”
It’s important for this particular age group to know that they have accomplished something because that itself is their reward.
So while potty training can really be very challenging, it’s good to know that parents can look at it at a more positive and doable manner.