Zindelijkheidstraining or known in the English language as toilet training is one thing which parents would want to instill in their kids. Babies aged 2-4 years old heavily rely on their mothers or fathers when they defecate or urinate. Then there are some cases in which some babies failed to control their urges, thus, turning the house into a complete mess.
That said, the introduction of toilet training or more popular these days as potty training has emerged. Teaching toddlers the basic of using the toilet is one step towards being responsible and independent individuals. As to when and how to start such training depends on how prepared and open-minded the parents are. Let us not forget to take the toddler’s preparedness into account as well.
Start with Stories.
It might sound nonsensical at first, but a potty training works best when you occasionally talked about it to your child. Keep some books that entail about it lying on the ground to pique the child’s interest. You could also discuss it in a plain and simple manner, so he would be intrigued. Alternatively, Introduce some animated movies and videos that summarize the whole idea of such training. The goal here is simple. You have to raise awareness in order for him to be ready.
Search for Signs of Preparedness.
If your kid stays dry for a couple of days, it’s one obvious sign that he or she is ready. But before you let him go to the bathroom alone, provide simple instructions first, like it’s necessary to remove the clothes and to sit properly on the toilet. When he makes a fuss, throws tantrums and display his irritation through his emotions and facial gestures (especially when his pants are soiled), it could be a start to introduce him to such activity.
Do a Demo.
Agreeably, making the first move allows the kid to discern what potty training is all about. Since most children imitate the older people (even when they do simple household chores), it makes perfect sense to try this out. It is your responsibility to teach them how it should be done. Make it a habit to constantly give them tips and sound advice before naps and bedtime.
Offer Rewards and Heaps of Praises.
Even if you see a huge success with this training, there are some nights in which kids failed to stay dry. But that doesn’t mean to severely punish them. Doing so could hinder their learning because they might be too scared to soil or wet their pants. To top it all, they might control themselves so much that they become vulnerable to diseases. How you react clearly leaves an impact on their behaviors. Rather than going nuts, give some awards. If a tangible award is not your thing, you can try good praises, or even a small surprise – no need to visit their favorite malls or parks. There are just so many things that you can offer. But weigh the pros and cons first. Rewards are great, so as the perks of staying as a kid.