Toilet Teaching, Potty Training or whatever- you-call-it! Why not toilet train your baby? Babies do not have the muscle control until they are _______________ About 2 ½ years old The Magic Number 3 This refers to your child’s 3rd summer. (so the child is at least 2 ½) They’ve gotta be READY! They’ve gotta be READY! Does your child… • Understand and can use a single word like: ―wet‖ ―go‖ etc. • Dislike wearing a soiled diaper • Stay dry for at least 2 hours and begins to wake up dry. • Knows when she needs to go and lets you know? • Shows an interest in wearing ―big kid‖ underware. • Can undress and dress himself. • Has bowel movements at about the same time every day. • Likes to imitate you. • Likes to please you. • You CANNOT force your child to be potty trained…don’t make it a power struggle! You’ve gotta be ready too! • Do you have the time and energy? • How long do you think it will take? – About 3 months! • Consider potty training in the summer. Preparing for Potty Training • Let your toddler watch you go to the bathroom, see urine and ―poop‖ in the toilet and help you flush. • Put a potty chair in the bathroom. Let him sit on it fully clothed. Make sure he knows it’s his chair. • After a while, let her sit on it without a diaper, maybe before their bath. • Place ―poop‖ from a dirty diaper into the potty chair. Let them watch you transfer it from the potty chair into the toilet. Let her flush it away. Wave ―bye-bye!‖ A few more preparation ideas… • Play ―potty‖ with a stuffed animal or doll. Use your child’s future underwear on the animal. Go through all the steps with the doll. • Let your child choose his new potty chair, underwear and maybe a book about using the toilet. • Let them observe a sibling use the toilet. • Get training underwear…it’s thicker! • What about Pull-Ups? What do I actually do? • Put her in loose, easily removed pants. • Watch his facial expression—lots of kids stop their activity and make a face when they have to urinate or defecate. • Place her on the potty chair or toilet every time this happens or when he tells you he has to ―go potty.‖ • Stay with him when he’s on the toilet or potty chair. Make it a nice social time for the two of you! • Praise and congratulate her when she is successful. EXPECT Mistakes! • It takes several weeks or more for most kids to learn to use the toilet. It will take longer if your child isn’t ready. • Reward with praise and congratulations, but NEVER punish for a mistake. • There will be fewer mistakes as the child grows older. • Easing off pressure will help reduce resistance. Flushing and Wiping and Washing! • Some kids love to flush. • Some kids are terrified. • Be sure to get them off the toilet before flushing. • Wave ―bye-bye‖ as you flush. • Have the parent wipe until the child learns how, but parent can check often. • Be sure to teach them to wash their hands… this is a life-time habit! Boys vs. Girls • Teach a boy to sit down. • Why? • Have him hold his penis down so the urine goes into the bowl. • Idea…have them sit facing the back of the toilet…some feel it’s more secure at 1st. • When a boy is tall and mature enough, have him stand and aim at a Cheerio. Can he sink it?!? • Teach girls to wipe front to back. Make it a habit! Why? Nighttime Control • Comes LATER than daytime control. • Is it ok for the child to wear diapers at night and during naps? When are they ready for no diapers during sleep? RESISTANCE What is most important to a 2-3 year old? INDEPENDENCE! What else are they worried about? FAILURE Sometimes there’s a physical problem. What’s that called? Enuresis REGRESSION Is it common? YES What is it caused by? Changes… What should be done? Have patience Start over Don’t be upset!