THE ROAD TO CONQUERING TOILET TRAINING: THREE KEY WORDS TO SAY GOODBYE TO NAPPIES
Taking care of a child is a path of continuous discovery. Especially in the first few months, any progress made is clear to see and, with time, you will learn that one of the greatest satisfactions is to accompany your child each step of the way. Along with giving up a dummy, their first words and first steps, one of the most important moments is when they no longer need a nappy. How can we help them in the right way? The secret is to follow these three steps.
From the moment they are born, babies don’t need to worry about their physiological needs, as these are taken care of by their parents or whoever is looking after them. As time goes by, the child begins to become more and more independent, to the point of experiencing it as a desire, and it is then that it is essential to understand the child and its body language. Some signs that the child is ready for this new phase could be blushing when using the nappy or touching their trousers several times accompanied by a grin of discomfort. Behaviour like this can show that the child is ready to lose their nappy. It is important to remember that there is no deadline or precise period for toilet training so part of the understanding lies in respecting the child's time.
When the moment has arrived, calm is the best tool to use. This is a very delicate moment for the child as it means radically changing their habits and introducing a new ritual into the daily routine. So, it is likely that there will be some accidents and that the they may sometimes not be able to get to the toilet in time; in this case the best thing to do is to handle the situation calmly and without reproach, part of the child’s path is to understand their own body and stimuli. Using a potty or the toilet can be introduced with the help of games and books to make the moment enjoyable and can be made easier with a little encouragement from parents, relatives or carers. If there are brothers, sisters or older cousins, you could also use their influence. Often, younger children want to imitate older children and seeing them use the toilet can help them feel the desire to do so.
Obviously this is a path and as such it needs time and consistency. The child cannot be expected to learn to use the potty overnight and forget about the nappy, nor can they be expected to follow the expectations and timing dictated by adults. We have to respect the right moment and to accompany them through this new stage with consistency: if there are problems today, tomorrow will be better.
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