November 19 was World Toilet Day. This is a day celebrated annually to raise global awareness of the struggle that more than 2.6 billion people face every day without access to proper, clean sanitation. That so many don’t have access to toilets, raises the question as to whether your child with access to toilet facilities is adequately toilet-trained.
Children learn to tell when they need to empty their bowels at different ages. Generally, signs that your child is ready for toilet training appear from about two years. You need to properly toilet-train your child.
First, you need to decide whether you want to train your child using a potty or the toilet. The potty is mobile and familiar, therefore some children find it less daunting than a toilet.
If your child is using the toilet you’ll need a step for your child to stand on. You’ll also need a smaller seat that fits securely inside the existing toilet seat, because some children get uneasy about falling in.
You might notice that your child empties her bowels at a certain time of the day, so try putting her on the potty at this time.
Teach your child some words associated with going to the toilet. Dress your child in clothes that are easy to take off. Sit your child on the potty each day at times when he’s likely to have a bowel movement.
Give your child positive praise for his efforts even if progress is slow. You may from time to time ask your child if he needs to go to the toilet. Make the reminders gentle so that your child doesn’t feel pressured. Five minutes is long enough to sit a child on the potty or toilet so that it does not feel like punishment.
Initially you’ll need to wipe your child’s bottom at first, until he learns how. Remember to wipe from the front to the back, particularly with little girls. Teach your boy to shake his penis after a short call. Teach your child how to wash her hands after using the toilet.
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Toilet training might take days or months. The key is to not push your child. Relax and let him learn at his own pace.
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