POTTY TRAINING

 

Moving from diapers to being self-sufficiently able to use the toilet is a natural process. Your goal is to unfold the learning in a step by step guide so potty learning becomes easy for the child. Here are steps for your toddler’s easy potty learning.

1. Check your child’s readiness

Most children develop necessary physical and mental skills between 18 and 24 month. You need to watch for signs that your child is starting to develop bladder control. Your child should have dry nappies for up to two hours, should be able to say when they need to pee in advance and should be able to follow your instructions.

2. Demonstrate

Explain your child the connection between pooping and toilet. The next time he/she poops in her diaper, empty the diaper into the potty. Flush it in front of her so she comprehends the connection. Tell her that she will use potty directly when she is ready. Also, introducing hand washing at this point is a good idea. This can help your child get familiar with the process. Additionally, stick posters in the bathroom or show picture books or videos that illustrate the steps to using the potty.

3. Right equipment

It might take a while for your child to step up the toilet seat. You may want to start with a mini potty seat.  Choose a potty which is comfortable and nice-looking to the child. Place it in the living room, where your child spends most time. Gradually move it closer to the bathroom and eventually right in the toilet. Also, begin using underpants or training pants and stop using nappies.

4. Try naked time

Once you see that your child is ready, let him/her roam around your home bare-bottomed. If your child regularly does a poo at a certain time each day, leave their nappy off when they are likely to have a bowel movement.  Show him where his potty is placed and suggest that they use the potty.

5.  Create a routine such that it becomes a habit

Initially make your child sit on the potty at least one time in a day, preferably after meals. This way, using potty can be slotted into the normal routine. Slowly, institute regular times for the potty- first thing in the morning, after meals, before going to bed. This will help your child's body move onto a schedule. Also, teach some words associated with going to the toilet so he/she can hint you when he needs to use the potty.

6. Accepting that there can be accidental spills

If your child has a spill accidentally, showing disappointment would make him/her feel anxious and worried. If you noticed the accident as soon as it started, encourage him/her to move into the bathroom or to the potty. With this, your child learns without getting discouraged.

7. Night training

It's perfectly normal for a child to continue wetting the bed. Bed-wetting is involuntary, and most children stop wetting by the time they are five. If he/she seems to be staying dry consistently at night, it might be a good time to start night-time training as well.

Wedding with kids?

                                                  


When it comes to attending a wedding with your baby/toddler, it is the mum who gets wary of packing their bags with all essentials. Moreover managing a little one throughout a wedding/function becomes a tough task. Below are some practical prep tips that can help you enjoy a wedding with your child.


Inform your tot that you’re invited !


Get him/her excited by telling about the things that’ll happen in the wedding – seeing the bride, showering flowers and merrymaking. Make sure he/she is well-versed on what will be expected of him/her during the event and what will be happening around her. This will avoid any meltdown/tantrum situations.


Keep an eye out


Weddings can seem like an extravagant playground for little ones. They’ll love to get onto the stage, pick flowers and run around. Monitor them closely and in case your child gets too naughty to handle, make your mind to take a silent exit or just take a stroll in the outdoors and come back.


Keep them engaged


There are lot of activities and rituals that go on in the wedding. It can be a struggle keeping your baby quiet during the rituals. The best way is to keep him/her entertained by letting him play with a quiet toy or you may use a smart phone app to keep him/her busy.


Keep his/her stomach full


You are likely to get caught in dressing up and eventually skip the evening snack/meal. It is better to feed your child before you go to the party as you never know how late the meal is going to be served.   Don’t forget to carry some back up snacks, just incase!


Pick out your outfit wisely


Your clothing preferences should also revolve around how comfortable you could be in those clothes with the baby. Embellishments such as stonework or beads can poke the baby when you carry him/her in your arms. Moreover keep in mind that babies like to spill food or wipe their hands with your clothes; therefore choose lighter clothes which are comfortable and washable. Also, don’t forget babies love to grab any such shiny stuff. Shiny danglers and necklaces can attract them to pull it. This is why you should match your outfit with minimal jewellery.

 

Weddings are all about wearing a lot of bling and heavily embellished stuff. Carry extra set of clothes Babies have a tendency to make their clothes dirty by either wetting or dropping food. Hence it is advisable to carry at least two set of clothes. If the wedding venue is very far from your place, then keep a few more. Apart from this, check on weather forecast before you start. Accordingly, pack a sweater or a thinner shirt for a change of clothes.


Carry extra diapers


When you are travelling with your child, you have to be well equipped. Diapers are another essential when you are stepping out. As a precaution to leakage, it is advisable to change diapers every three to four hours.


Carry perambulator


Young babies, who have just started walking, love to be carried around. But carrying a baby for prolonged hours can be tiring for you. Also they tend to fall asleep in every few hours. So, carrying a pram is certainly a great idea to keep them in comfort or let them get some sleep in peace.

 

Keeping these tips in mind; the idea to attend a wedding with your child will no longer make you anxious.