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Raising a child can be a challenge, but one challenge, in particular, that many parents find to be a headache is potty training. Yes, while your child is going to eventually learn how to use the potty, many parents either often find themselves rushing their child, starting too early or doing the wrong things.
While it’s a great thought to think about no more diapers or wipes, here are five things that you should keep in mind when trying to teach your child about the potty:
1. Bring out the Bribes
By now, you probably already know that your child loves anything that tastes good. With that being said, be sure to bribe your child when it comes to the potty. Whether it’s giving them a piece of candy, or their favorite snack, be sure to offer this as an incentive when they finish using the potty. If you have a hard time getting them to use the potty, also consider using this as a bribe to get them to sit.
2. Make a Game of It
Many experts will tell you that potty training a boy can often be harder than training a girl. For those that need to train their boys, consider making a game out of it. One game, in particular, that is fantastic is by simply throwing some Cheerios in the potty. Have your child use these pieces of cereal as target practice and watch them get a kick out of it.
3. Praise Them
A child isn’t going to learn how to use the potty overnight. In fact, it can take months. While there are going to be times when your child has an accident, it doesn’t mean that you can get frustrated with them. Instead of focusing on the stressful situations, try to remember to praise them every time they do something good.
TIP: A great way to praise your child is by giving them a sticker. By giving them a sticker, you can have them either place it on a board or let them wear it on their shirt for the day.
4. Watch the Schedule
If your child is older than two years old, you’ve probably realized by now that your child goes to the bathroom on a regular basis. Take that schedule and try to place your child on the potty when you think they are going to go. If you can’t figure out their schedule, try placing them on the potty every 60 to 90 minutes. The key here is to get them to go so that you can praise them.
5. Be Patient
Whether it’s waiting for cues that your child has to go, or you have to bribe them each time, you have to realize that your child is going to take a certain amount of time before he/she gets used to it. What you have to understand is that some children are going to catch on very fast, while others can take months until they grasp the concept. Hopefully by using the tips above, your child can master the potty in no time! Best of luck!
Bedwetting isn’t a highlight of childhood. Or parenthood. But it’s something that most families have to deal with. Here are some tips to overcoming bedwetting and making the process easier for the whole family.
When is bedwetting a problem?
Up to the age of 5, bedwetting is considered completely normal. There are some things you can do to increase your child’s odds of staying dry, such as avoiding any sugary or caffeinated drinks after dinner and having them urinate twice during the hour before bed. And there are some things you can do to make nighttime cleanups quicker, such as using waterproof bedding and pull-ups. But you probably don’t need to start a bedwetting treatment just yet.
However, if your 6-year-old is still frequently wetting the bed (not just having an occasional accident) the chances of them reaching dryness without intervention are much slimmer. In fact, the spontaneous remission rate for bedwetting is only 15% a year, meaning that if your child wets the bed currently they’ll probably still be wetting a year from now.
What causes bedwetting?
A variety of factors can lead to bedwetting. Most of the time it’s simply that the child’s brain has not yet learned to respond to the sensation of a full bladder. Sometimes bedwetting is caused by stress triggers. Sometimes it has a medical cause.
Stress triggers for children are often the result of family changes such as the birth of a sibling, the death of a family member, or parental fighting/divorce. Starting a new school or moving can also be a major stressor for children.
Probably the most common medical cause of bedwetting is constipation. Sometimes children can be constipated without them or their parents realizing it. If you think this is the problem, make sure your child eats lots of fibrous fruits and veggies. Other medical causes include sleep disorders (the child is a “deep sleeper”), urinary tract infections and juvenile diabetes.
How do you treat bedwetting?
Bedwetting alarms have the highest success rate and lowest relapse rate of any bedwetting treatment. Typically, a moisture sensor is clipped to your child’s underwear so the alarm can go off as soon as wetting occurs. Over time, this will condition your child’s brain to respond the feeling of a full bladder. This speeds up the process your body naturally uses to overcome bedwetting.
The three main types of bedwetting alarms are wearable alarms, wireless alarms, and bell and pad alarms. With bed and pad alarms, children lay on a moisture sensitive bad that goes off after they wet. Because this type of alarm can’t be clipped to the underwear, its response is delayed. These alarms are no longer recommended, though parents who used them as a child may prefer them.
Wearable alarms are the best for deep sleepers as they sound and vibrate, which will wake just about anyone. Some light up too, for good measure.
Wireless alarms are best for children who don’t want to wear an alarm. Parents have the option of an alarm with dual receivers, so they can put one in their child’s room and one in their room. This allows parents to wake up with their child to take care of any nighttime cleanups.
Austin Sheeley is a passionate blogger who spends his time researching and writing about health care, specifically enuresis. He is an online producer for the bedwetting alarms supplier bedwettingstore.com.
As your sweet baby grows into a toddler, you will likely be wondering when he or she will be ready to use the potty! Every parent is anxious to get their child out of diapers, and I am no exception.
My fourth child is quickly entering the first stages of potty training. He will be turning 2 next month. You will find that some toddlers even as young as a year old are interested in using the potty. Does this mean they are ready for rigorous potty training? Probably not. But interest in going in the potty is the first sign your child is ready to start potty training.
Potty training is not a fast easy process for most. There are exceptions. Some children, when they are ready, potty train themselves. That does occasionally happen, but for many children it is the beginning of a long, drawn out battle with mom.
The first key is to wait until your child is ready. That’s right, the ball is in their court. I know, you will meet moms that claim they trained their children in a week by their rules and according to their schedule. This might work for a few, but it wouldn’t have worked for any of my stubborn children. Your child will let you know when he or she is ready, and it will mostly likely be between the ages of 2 1/2 and 3 1/2. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t encourage them to use the potty before then, it just means that they might not be fully potty trained until between 3 and 4 years of age.
Moms don’t want to hear that it can take that long for their children to be potty trained, but the alternative is to wage an all out war with your child when you try to have it your way. Going to the bathroom is one of the few things a child has total control over. The terrible two’s are hard enough as it is, if you start fighting with your child about going to the potty too, you are setting yourself up for a very hard year.
There is hope, though! I started introducing my twin boys to the potty around their 2nd birthday. By age 2 1/2, one was going in the potty regularly and could go several hours without going to the bathroom. He was the easy one. His twin brother had a lot of accidents and had to go to the bathroom every 10 minutes. And some things never change. At 6 years old, he is potty trained, but he still has to go every 10 minutes! If you have a child that has to go to the bathroom a lot, that child is going to be a lot harder to train.
Our youngest who is almost 2 is very interested in what his brothers are doing in the bathroom. I’m hoping that will help give him incentive to want to potty train. The interest is there, so only time will tell.
Another sign that will help you determine if your child is really ready to start potty training is if he wakes up dry from his afternoon nap. For one of my twins this happened around 2 1/2, which was one of the ways I knew we were making progress.
Some people say girls train earlier than boys and are easier to train. That has not been true, in my experience. My daughter had no interest in potty training and it took her a very long time to be completely potty trained. One of my sons almost potty trained himself with very little coaxing from me.
Buying your child his first potty chair might help spark an interest. We have an Elmo potty chair!
Once your child is really ready, there are lots of tips out there about how to reward and encourage them along the way. Check out the related articles on this page for more helpful ideas.
Copyright 2011, Christian-Parent.com.
by Valerie Garner
I hope this information helps you and your little ones as much as it did mine. I used this on both my boys when they were potty training aged and it worked perfectly, it was so easy.
First, to make sure your child is ready for potty training, shows interest, wants “big kids pants” etc. Make this a game, make it fun and you will not run into stubborn opposition (after all it is the child’s body). Go out and buy or find around the house items you don’t normally let your child play with that could fit into this category, some kind of toys that can be used are water toys (3 or 4 things), could be little plastic pitchers, balls, whatever, but make them SPECIAL.
The only real rule to this game is these special “potty” toys can only be played with while the child is sitting on the potty! Very important, no giving out on this one rule, or it won’t work!. Once the child is sitting on the potty fill a large bowl or small bucket with lukewarm or tepid water, place the new “potty” toys in the bowl and set the bowl of water in front of the child. On the floor if the potty seat is low, or if it’s a potty seat that sits on top of the regular toilet, set the bowl of water on a TV tray in front of the child. When the child places his/her hands in the lukewarm water to play with the toys, if the child needs to physically go, they nearly instantly go potty (it’s almost an instinctive type physical reaction), then cheer, cheer, cheer! Give lots of praise, and if you wish to give some type of a treat, go ahead. Let them play as long as they want, as long as they sit on the potty. When they are done playing, put the toys away for next time.
This is really great because it makes it fun for them so they cooperate, it totally ends all power struggles, there are NONE, and also no more waiting and waiting for them to have them go potty as soon as the diaper goes back on. They also feel good because they have immediate success Potty training NO. 2 was more difficult I found, that just came with some time and patience and them learning in their own time and way, relax, it will happen.
You know how I got this idea? It’s kind of a funny thing, my husband used to be in the military and when he was young in boot camp they used to always play jokes on each other in the night by dipping a hand of someone who was sleeping, into a pan of lukewarm water, thus making the person wet the bed. It just seemed like a natural progression to use this trick for good in the potty training area and it worked great!!!!!
by Valerie Garner, Please visit Hometips & more at http://www.angelfire.com/wa/hometips.
by Graham Jones
When a child wets the bed they worry. Children tend to become dry during the day more easily than at night. During the day they are awake and aware of their feelings and can go to the toilet normally. However, at night, when they are asleep, the usual feelings of a full bladder aren’t sufficiently strong to wake them. The result is a wet bed. Or, young children have to continue wearing diapers at night.
Fairly soon they realise this is not normal. They wonder why they don’t need a diaper during the day, but do need one at night. They might also talk to siblings or friends and discover that they don’t need a night-time diaper. This will only compound their worries.
Throughout childhood, your son or daughter is trying to establish their identity; they are trying to find out who they are. They also want to make sure they ‘fit in’, that they are just like everyone else and that they are not abnormal. As soon as they discover that wetting the bed is not usual, they worry.
Your child might not say they are worried, but they will be. What this means is that you need to do everything you can to reduce the potential for concern. That means treating the bed wetting occasions as normal, no trouble. Don’t make a big thing out of them. The more you make a fuss, the more the child thinks they are unusual, out of the ordinary. And when that happens, they are more likely to continue wetting the bed.
Also, it’s important not to punish the child. One survey found that 21% of all children who wet the bed are punished for doing so. But the child has no idea why the punishment is taking place. They are doing something natural – urinating – and they can’t connect the punishment to any crime. This can lead to all sorts of difficulties for the child, including social ones. Punishment is also counterproductive, lengthening the time it takes to achieve night time dryness.
Instead of punishment, children who wet the bed need support, guidance and encouragement. Positive reinforcement of the good times – when they have a dry night – is much more likely to succeed in the long term.
The problem for most parents is that the best methods of dealing with bed wetting also take a long time. The child also gets frustrated at the delay in achieving a dry night. That’s whey encouragement and a positive home and attitude are essential in helping children come to terms with the difficulties they face.
The more you talk about bed wetting and make them feel abnormal, the worse the situation will become. The more you treat each bed wetting incident as a normal everyday occurrence, the quicker the dry nights will arrive.