20/08/2015 by Aruna Kamath
There are a lot of things that first time mothers are clueless about. Potty training, for instance is one such issue that leaves moms with a lot of question marks. Most often than not, we find ourselves worrying unnecessarily and running to the child specialist, after comparing notes with other mothers.
My memories of potty training my daughters are very faint, considering, I dealt with it more than a decade ago. But from what little I can gather, and holds true for all children, is that both had different developmental milestones. My younger daughter was potty trained much earlier than the elder one. In fact, she was off diapers when she was barely 14 months. While my older one, didn’t seem to be in any hurry. So she took her own time.
What’s important for moms to note is that each child is programmed differently. For some children, potty training can be a breeze, for others, it could take some time and effort. So comparing your child with another is not a good idea at all. The best way to go about it is to allow your child to do things at her own pace. Compulsion may only prove to be counterproductive, and even your best tactics to potty train may fall apart and fail you if your tot’s not ready for it.
So how do you know when your child is ready for potty training?
As your baby grows, you’ll see significant changes that show your tot is ready for potty training. Watch out for these tell-tale signs to make potty training easier.
Dry diapers for longer periods: Until the age of 20 months, kids normally pee frequently. Gradually, they begin to have better control over their bladder and you’ll notice that diapers need to be changed less frequently. So if your baby remains dry for an unusually longer stretch, she’s ready for potty training.
Shows conspicuous body actions: When its ‘time to go’, babies show some clear body language. It could be through gesticulation or a verbal signal. For instance, some squirm their faces and shut their eyes, while some kids communicate by letting out a grunt. Once you find out you baby’s signal, you could start on potty training.
Able to undress: If your kiddo is impatiently trying to pull down her pants or pull off the diaper, during a nature call, it shows that she doesn’t want the diaper soiled. It also means it’s time for potty training.
Understands your code language: All moms have their own bathroom code words. For instance, I used to make my baby sit on the toilet seat every half hour and let out a hiss sound to indicate that she needs to pee. Similarly, for the big job, I used to let out a small grunt. If your baby understands this language, it’s an indication that she’s ready for potty training.
Regularized bowel movements: At some point in time, you baby’s potty schedule will be regularized. It could be in the morning, after a nap in the afternoon, or probably late evening. If you’re aware of this rhythm, it can help you predict when to bring out the potty.
She wants to ditch the diapers: Sooner or later, all babies become finicky and refuse to wear diapers – either, they consider the diaper to be a burden, or despise the uncomfortable feeling of a soiled diaper. Whatever the reason, this is your best chance to get your baby on the potty. So without thinking twice, get your sweetie on the potty.
Potty training is no doubt cumbersome and painstaking. It could take some time and lots of effort, before you could get results. However, it’s important to keep calm and stay patient.