|How to teach your child to use the potty?|
After your child has become comfortable with flushing the toilet and sitting on the potty chair, you may begin teaching your child to go to the bathroom.
As a rule, children have a bowel movement once a day (usually within an hour after eating) and urinate within an hour after having a large drink. Your child may stop any activity he or she is engaged in when he or she feels the need to go to the bathroom.
In addition to watching for signals that your child needs to urinate or have a bowel movement, place your child on the potty at regular intervals (as often as every 1 and a half to 2 hours).
Stay with your child when he or she is on the potty chair. You can read or talk to your child when he or she is sitting on the potty. It may help your child relax. Be patient with your child. Praise your child when he or she goes to the bathroom in the potty chair, but do not ever express disappointment.
It may take as long as 6 to 8 months for your child to be toilet trained during daytime. During nighttime it may take longer to teach your child to use the toilet because his or her bladder control is reduced. If after a few months, your child is still resisting or having difficulties with toilet training, talk to your family doctor. The most likely reason your child has not learned to use the potty is that your child is not yet ready for toilet training. It is important for you to be patient and supportive.
Some people prefer using training pants for toilet training. Doctors disagree about whether to use disposable training pants. On the one hand, training pants may be a helpful step when you are training your child. On the other hand, training pants may confuse children and make them think it is okay to use them like diapers. This may slow the toilet training process. Sometimes, training pants are used at nighttime, when it is more difficult for a child to control his or her bladder.
From time to time, children get too involved in activities and forget that they need to use the bathroom. Your child may have an occasional accident even after he or she learns how to use the toilet. Suggesting regular trips to the bathroom may help prevent some accidents. If it happens, stay calm. You must not punish your child. Just continue to encourage your child to use the potty chair.