Sunday, November 23, 2008

Bye Bye Diapers

My next small break from diaper cakes takes me to a topic very hot for anyone parents of toddlers. How to say goodbye to those diapers?

A big step in a toddler's life is making that huge leap from diapers to potty. Most parents completely dread the idea of having to go through this time of adjustment. But making it a game with your child can show to be easy as long as you come up with creative ways to have the little one look forward to making this big leap.

There is no magic age to when a child should be potty trained. But most fall in the range of 18 months to 3 years.

Below are a few techniques that have been known to be helpful to say bye bye to the diapers!.

1. For boys a very famous one is drop cheerios into the toilet and have him aim for it. Make sure this technique is full of excitement so that every time he feels the desire he will make sure he doesn't miss a chance to aim at the cheerios.

2. Offer a treat for every time they go in the potty. Rewards will create an reason for them to want to go the next time they feel the need.

3. For parents that are open to the idea, invite the child to the bathroom when they need to and make it a time of the day the both of you can sit there. Even if nothing happens it will start to teach the child that going in the potty is part of growing up.

4. If you child is very regular, make it a commitment to do it at the same time every day just like you would do any other routine.

5. Keep enforcing the difference between being a baby and being a big boy or girl. They are so anxious to grow up that this motivates them.

6. Use any life example to drive the idea through.
An example could be when walking the family dog, explain to the child that doggies go to the bathroom in the lawn, and big boys or girls go in the potty.

7. Have books next to the potty for the child to be entertained. Some kids will create this a habit it will not only become a good tool to help end the diaper era, but also to their reading interest for the future.

8. If accidents occur never yell at them. Just encourage to try harder for the next time.

9. When they have success make a party out of it. Make sure to praise them to an extreme. This will motivate them extremely.

10. When you as a parent have the need to go, announce it and make a noticeable scene of how you are running to the toilet. Every toddler tries so hard to imitate everything they see the parents do that this will be a big incentive to do as well.

11. Never compare a child. Every child will accomplish this sooner or later. So just be patient and saying bye bye to diapers will come soon enough. After all how many grown ups do you know never got potty trained and are still in diapers?

1 comment:

Jennielee said...

My daughter has this potty and she loves it. Just one warning be sure to clean the potty with disinfectant wipes because once they learn they can make it sing by putting their hand in there they will never stop.