Start Toilet Training Early - Less Diapers

I have been reading a lot lately about toilet training, and I just couldn't believe that some of the diaper companies like Pampers is recommending to start toilet training when your child is about 2 years up to 4 years old - obviously more business for them. In my own opinion, this is a bit too late. I started to toilet train my son when he was just little under one. As a matter of fact, I got him a putty when he was six months old and for the most of the time at the beginning he played with it as a toy. So what is the rush on my part. No rush at all, I think one year old child age group is about the right age to introduce children to the toilet training.

Here are some of the things about toilet training I learned:

[1] Toilet training can be very slow process for some children even when they start early toilet training. Holding may be an issue and as well as limited communication.

[2] Patience, consistency and discipline are the three key words. Children are in the process of learning, so give them some time. Toilet training is not the only thing they are learning in their lives. Children learn from repetition, therefore asking and bringing them to the toilet even when they don't want is the key. At that age children already know how to say - yes or no, so they will tell you. In addition, when toilet training is priority, you probably will have to give up some of your other chores.

[3] Children like to imitate, therefore sometimes bringing them when you are in the washroom may be not a bad idea after all. Be a model.

[4] Children that have dry diaper through the night are ready for toilet training.

[5] Children must be comfortable sitting upward in order to go on their toilet. In addition, it may be more comfortable for them when their feet are flat on the ground. More support and more balance.

[6] Sitting on the toilet and waiting may be sometimes a long process, therefore, bring some toys for them to play. Remember, children have short attention span.

[7] Children like to say good bye to their stool - then let them. However, ensure that they don't have any toys in their hands when you are flashing the toilet, because it may end up being flashed too. In my case, my son used ot get very excited and throw toys around - for fun of course.

[8] Do not wait when your child is 2 years or older. At that age children are more vocal, and know what they want. It may be harder to sit them down on the toilet.

[9] At the age of two most of the children already walk, and when they are going to washroom, mostly it may be in standing up position, therefore, it may be harder for them to go in the sitting down position.

[10] In the worst case scenario, don't get stressed out too much - it cannot be good for you or your child. Eventually all children will go to washroom on their own. Some take longer and some take faster. But still don't wait, start early, plus you will definitely save on diapers.

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