Toilet Training at 2 Years Old
Many first time moms are hesitant to start potty training; they talk to their pediatrician, read books and ask the advice of friends. You ask how to potty train, and what age to start potty training; this can be a little tricky as each child develops at his or her own rate, however a recent study concluded that the average age to start training is 27 months. Some children start earlier, some later.
Potty training can be an exciting time for both you and your child; they are growing up and learning something new. A few things to keep in mind is to:
- First of all, you should teach your child 'potty lingo' words such as pee pee, poo poo, potty, and toilet.
- The child should have a vocabulary of up to 900 words at least so they are able to clearly communicate with you and let you know when they need to go.
- They should also be able to pull his pants up and down so that they are able to go when they need to.
- The child should be showing an interest in using the bathroom and may even be asking questions as well.
You've heard the horror stories of potty training and you wonder if you and your child are ready to give it a try; if your child is already exhibiting an interest in the potty, then take advantage of this and start the training.
You can help teach your child potty lingo long before the training begins. When your changing his diaper, say the words or make a face he'll associate the words with the action and it will make it a little easier when it comes time for the potty. Explain what you are doing and why when changing the child also so that they begin to understand the process of using the bathroom.
Introduce the potty chair to your child but don't put him on it; let him know what its for and that it is his and his alone. Remember that this is very new to him, if he is scared; don't force him to use the potty. Once he expresses interest in it, then you can start letting him sit on it with his clothes on. Once the child is comfortable with this experience, than the pants can come down and they can sit on the potty that way too to become comfortable with the experience. One of these times they may be even go, which means explaining the feels they had prior to going so that start to associate that with using the bathroom.
When he finally goes on the potty, make a big deal of it! Children love to please their parents and praising him will let him know how happy you are. Use a reward system when they go. There can be a potty treasure chest to choose a toy from when they succeed at going. This additional praise and reinforcement can go a long way with the child wanting to use the potty.
Experts differ on whether or not to train your child to stand and pee, in reality; it doesn't matter if you train your child to stand up and pee or to sit on the potty, it all depends on how comfortable your child is with potty training and if he wants to sit down. It is also helpful to let your child go into the bathroom with his father or other male role model to show him that there is no danger and that this is how 'big people' go potty.
It is important to remember that potty training takes time and a lot of patience. Stay calm and remember that this is all new to a child and very exciting too. The more fun the potty training is, the better it will go.
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