It is important to teach your growing child about hygiene and cleanliness. Toilet training or potty training is a part of this teaching. You should be aware of the right time and the right age when you should start teaching your child about these basic things. Mostly children tend to evolve control over their bowel by the age of 1.5 years. So when your child is around this age, it is important to start teaching your child certain steps of how to use the toilet which will ultimately lead to reducing the use of diapers.
You might also notice some of the other symptoms which will indicate that your child is ready for using the toilet. If the child stays dry for 2 or more hours at a time, if the child tries to imitate the parent’s toileting etiquette, if the child tends to do certain actions like pulling his shorts up or down, walks or crawls up to the bathroom on his own, tries to get off /onto the pot on his own, or even simple indication where the child is learning the ability to walk on his own is enough to understand that the child is ready for basic toilet training.
It is the responsibility of parents to understand these basic indications and then maintain such a learning environment where the child is able to gradually adopt the art of using the toilet on his own. This will in turn help the parents to maintain proper sanitation in the house or any other place where they wish to take the child along. Parents should completely cooperate with children while they are going through this learning stage. They should buy interactive or colorful potty seats for the child so that the child does not hesitate while going to the bathroom. Parents should make their children learn specific words which when uttered by them indicates that the child wants to use the bathroom. Initially, they should take the child to the bathroom along with them and make him understand where he needs to go when he gets a bowel movement. The bathroom should be kept clean and well lit so that the child feels comfortable when he is using the toilet. You might also keep some toys inside the bathroom or put in some posters which indicate the ways in which the baby should eliminate. Make him learn the technique of cleaning the pot when he is done with his stuff.
Potty training not only helps children, but it’s also a blessing for parents who don’t wish to get embarrassed in situations when they are travelling with children and they eliminate in their clothes or in diapers. That uncomfortable situation can be very uneasy and awkward for both the parents as well as the children. Let’s say if you are taking your child to the nearby store in his double stroller and you suddenly start getting an awful essence. You realize that your little one has excreted in the mid way and has messed up the seat of the stroller, you might have to return to your home and get things cleaned up as the baby would become uneasy and uncomfortable after a couple of minutes. When you get into such a situation or if such situations are occurring frequently, I would suggest you to start giving your child potty training sessions which will help him get a control over his body in addition to your being more relaxed and care free.