It was a while back when I first wrote to ask for opinions of other parents regarding potty training their kids. Back then I was quite keen to get started on training Ryan to use the potty. But the suggestion then was to let him take his time and be ready at his own pace.
So it was left at that. But recently we started asking Ryan if he would like to try using a potty since he can already tell us when he needs to pee and poo. He was alright with the idea and sometimes even seemed keen when we talked about buying a potty when we go shopping.
But for a few times when we went to check out potties and tried to get him to test some out just so we know it fits him, he refused and wanted to walk out of the shop. So we couldn’t buy any. The strange thing was that during bed time, he would come and tell me that I forgot to buy him a potty!
Anyway, finally the daddy managed to get him to try out some potties when I wasn’t around and bought him 2 sets, one for home use and the other at the babysitter’s. We have yet to start him on it but looking forward to it tonight.
I just hope that we don’t get overwhelmed by all that smell from the potty…he does eat quite a bit and sometimes even he can’t take the smell of his own poo and showed signs of wanting to vomit! Hahahaha!
Speaking of eating a lot, I’ve pigged out so much during lunch time that I’m feeling sleepy all afternoon. If I keep eating at this pace, soon I’m going to need a good and safe fat burner product!
After all, I found a guide for How to do Potty Training your kids?
Before you start Potty Training for your kids
Teaching your son how to use the potty will require time and patience on your part, and a reasonable degree of cooperation and motivation from your son.
The key to potty training success is starting when your son is interested, willing, and physically able to. While some kids are ready as young as 18 months, others may not be prepared to learn until well past their third birthday. Some experts believe that boys are in diapers a bit longer than girls because they’re generally more active and may less likely to stop and take the time to use the potty.
How to do Potty Training your kids?
Let him watch and learn
Toddlers learn by imitation, and watching you use the bathroom is a natural first step. He may notice that Daddy uses the potty differently than Mommy does, which creates a great opportunity for you to explain the basic mechanics of how boys use the bathroom.
When talking about body parts, it’s important to be anatomically precise. Teaching him to call his penis a “pee-pee” when every other body part has a name that doesn’t sound as silly may imply that his genitals are embarrassing.
Buy the right equipment
When your child is sitting on the potty, it’s important for him to be able to lean slightly forward with his feet on the ground, especially when he’s having a bowel movement. Most experts advise buying a child-size potty, which your toddler can claim for his own and which will also feel more secure to him than sitting on a full-size toilet. (Many toddlers are afraid of falling into the toilet, and their anxiety can interfere with potty training.)
If you prefer to buy an adapter seat for your regular toilet, make sure it’s comfortable and attaches securely. You’ll also need to give your son a stool because he needs to be able to get on and off the potty easily any time he needs to go and to stabilize himself with his feet.
When buying a potty for your son, look for one without a urine guard (or a removable one). Although they may protect your bathroom from a little stray pee, more often they tend to bump into and scrape a boy’s penis when he sits down on the potty. This could make him to associate going to the bathroom with pain.
Help your child get comfortable with the potty
Let your child get used to the idea of using the potty. Start by letting him know that the potty is his very own. You can personalize it by writing his name on it or letting him decorate it with stickers. Then have him try sitting on it with his clothes on.
After he’s practiced this way for a week or so, suggest that he try it with his pants down. If he seems at all resistant, avoid the temptation to pressure him. That will only set up a power struggle that could derail the entire process.
If your child has a favorite doll or stuffed animal, use it for potty demonstrations. Most children enjoy watching their favorite toy go through the motions, and your child may learn more this way than from you telling him what to do.
Some parents even construct a makeshift toilet for the doll or stuffed animal. While your child is perched on his potty, his favorite toy can be sitting on one of its own.
That’s all for today, thanks.