Early Potty Training: A Parent's Journey to Success

As a mother, I began my journey towards early potty training when my child was only 12 months old. I encouraged diaper-free time and paid attention to my baby's feeding schedule, used specific code words associated with going to the bathroom.

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 Strategies I Used to Toilet Train My 18-Month-Old

Strategies I Used to Toilet Train My 18-Month-Old

As a mother, my quest for early potty training started when my little one was just a few months old. I embraced diaper-free time and tuned into my baby's feeding schedule, introducing gentle cues like specific sounds and holding positions to help my child associate these actions with going to the bathroom.

Proven Tips and Techniques to Assist Your Child in Successful Toilet Training

Sharing some effective tips and techniques I've personally employed with my own one-year-old for toilet training. These strategies can be helpful for training your children as well. Avoid pressuring infants to understand the concept of using the toilet, as their control over bodily functions is limited at this early stage of neurological and physical development.

  • Commence Toilet Training at the Right Time - Initiate the process when your child exhibits signs of readiness. These cues may include:- 
    • Your child has reached the “I do it” phase
    • Hiding to pee or poop in their diaper
    • Creating sounds, or making faces. 
    • Their diaper remains dry for over 2 hours. 
    • The child has started removing her diaper/pull-up on his own
  • Create a Comfortable Environment:- Make the bathroom a welcoming space. Use a child-friendly potty or a training seat on the regular toilet to ease the transition.

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  • Encourage Communication and Use Code words:- Foster open communication about using the bathroom. Use "pee time" or "susu time", or "Potty Time. These code words can be personalized based on your child's understanding and comfort level, making the toilet training process more playful and engaging. Use routine charts and rewards charts for kids to do their activities themselves. 


  • Maintain Consistent Timing:- Consistency plays a vital role in early potty training. Regular intervals, such as every half-hour or after meals, help familiarize the child with the routine. This repetition assists them in understanding and communicating their needs.
  • Practice Role Modeling:- Allow your child to observe older siblings or adults using the washroom, demystifying the process and encouraging imitation. You can even narrate stories where their favorite story character needs to go to pee or poop and she goes to use her toilet.

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  • Offer Independence:-  Dress your child in clothing that's easy to remove, promoting self-sufficiency during bathroom trips. Use step stools to aid in reaching the toilet or sink to make the process easier for young ones.

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  • Celebrate Milestones:- Acknowledge and celebrate each successful trip to the washroom, reinforcing positive behavior and boosting confidence. Incorporate High-Five Moments: "Wow, you used the potty like a big kid! High five!" or you can reward them with a star on their progress chart. 

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  • Be Patient and Supportive:- Understand that every child has their pace. Show patience and support as they navigate this learning phase. Remember it's common for babies or young children to feel the need to poop but they struggle to do so. Be calm and offer to take a visit in the washroom later again.

Implementing these tips with patience and consistency can significantly aid in your child's successful toilet training journey. Remember, every child is different, so adapt these strategies to suit your child's pace and needs.


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