Toilet training in children

Toilet training is an important step towards independence with the transition of the child out of infancy to early childhood. Toilet training is expected in the period of 18-36 months, but this process takes place with the physical, emotional and physical readiness of the child.

At the same time, it is important whether the parent is ready for the process or not. If you are not ready for this process psychologically or physically, your child will feel this tension or unpreparedness in your body and will take care of himself. The child who takes care of himself will lose harmony with the parent and resist this process.

Is my child ready for toilet training?

If he can walk without support, he can go up and down stairs on his own (According to research, children who go up and down stairs on their own have developed muscle groups for toilet training.)

Can understand and follow 1,2 step instructions (such as pick up your baby, put it in the box)

Can express their own needs and desires by speaking

Has self-care skills, such as washing hands, being able to take off a few pieces of clothing unaided

If familiar with toilet terms

If the diaper can stay dry for at least 1-2 hours

What can I do before starting the process?

Before starting the training, you can prepare by taking note of the pee and poop times for a few weeks.

You can talk to your child in an understandable language that he or she will start toilet training.

You can count down (at least a week, you have the last 7 diapers, then you will pee, poop on the potty/toilet etc.)

You can make your child choose the potty.

What should I do when the process starts?

It is not your duty to take full responsibility when giving your child a toilet habit; to support your child as much as possible, to act encouraging.

Do not overreact to your child’s behavior during the education process. In this period, together with positive gains, returns can also be observed. It is important to greet each time patiently and to continue toilet training without getting angry.

When starting toilet training, sitting your child on the toilet or potty at regular intervals every day, with or without the toilet, makes it easier for him to get a habit.

Choose clothes that your child can wear comfortably during the toilet habit. Let him undress, do things he wants to do, like turn on the toilet light, flush the toilet.

Observing your children’s toilet-related behaviors very well and directing them to the toilet at the most appropriate time will facilitate your education. Rather than asking the child if he/she has a toilet frequently, it is more appropriate to go to the toilet together at regular intervals to check it.

When you start toilet training, you should stop using diapers. Continuing to use diapers will cause confusion and increase training time.

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