Potty Training: All that you need to know


  • Is your child ready for potty training?
  • How long does the baby take to get potty trained?
  • Tips for toilet training
  • How early can you start potty training your child?
  • Type of potty seat
  • Take home message:

Is your child ready for potty training?

Well this is another milestone where the parents are confused most of the time as to when to start potty training their baby.  Each kid starts at a different age and hence there is no specific time to start potty training, but most importantly as a parent or caretaker look out for certain signs that are indications that you need to start training your baby.

But let me tell you, on an average most kids’ start potty training when they are 18 to 24 months of age or may be a little later. When it comes to boys, they take a little longer than girls. On the whole it also depends on a little effort, patience and understanding from the parents’ side too.

How long does the baby take to get potty trained?

Certainly you cannot expect you baby to master the art of potty training over night. It does not happen that way. It takes 3 to 6 months on an average for the baby to get used to the system. Let me tell you -don’t try to start it too early as the process might take a little longer and can be stressful for both the baby as well as the parent/caretaker.

Tips for toilet training

Let me share with you some simple tips for potty training. I hope it can help you.

  • Make sure your child is able to communicate and inform you when the diaper is wet and soiled.
  • Get a potty chair your child can practice on and is comfortable with.
  • Make sure you have a routine daily.
  • In the initial few days just make the child sit on the potty seat for a couple of minutes. But don’t try and force the child and make him do it against his well. You could also gradually make the child sit on the potty seat may be after 15 to 30 minutes after a meal. Most of the kids tend to have an increased bowel movement after eating and it can be another alternative option for you to start off with.
  • In case your child starts showing certain signs like squatting, grunting or standing crossed legged then take them to the toilet and make them to sit on the potty seat. 
  • It is important that during this phase make sure your child is wearing comfortable clothes that can be easily removed .Clothes that can be removed by them without depending on anyone.
  •  Encourage the child each time he makes an attempt. Applaud him and reward him. It really helps the child.
  • Keep a track of his progress.
  • Make sure all of you in the family follow the same routine and the same pattern. Too many people trying to potty train the baby might cause a bit of confusion for the baby

 Take home message should be:  Make sure you appreciate the child each time they make an attempt. Even if nothing happens it’s perfectly fine. They need time to get used to it. Don’t punish the child in case if he wets his shorts or soils the pant and don’t be disappointed or frustrated as it can really affect the child. It is important that you continuously reassure you child.

How early can you start potty training your child?

Potty training certainly requires a lot of effort from the care givers side. It also depends on how well your baby is able to express and communicate with you and how well you are able to follow a strict routine almost every single day.

If you have a very topsy turvy schedule, then potty training your kid will be a huge challenge.  Following a routine sets a pattern in the child and avoids confusion in the child too. To begin with if you feel the baby passes urine as soon as they wake up or probably after a feed , then make sure you take the baby to the toilet .

Some kids make a scrunchy noise or a little grunting noise just before they need to pass stools. This is another clue that we need to observe them keenly.

Starting to potty training your child might be a long journey but getting a routine right from the beginning is the essential. Trust me toilet training a baby is less frustrating than training a toddler because the teaching happens before their tantrums start. Like they say- the terrible twos and tricky threes.

Type of potty seat

If you are looking for the type of potty seats let me tell you there are 2 basic types of potty seats.

  • A potty chair with a bowl at the bottom.

 The toddler can comfortably sit on the potty chair and once he is done the waste has to be disposed into the toilet. A lot of kids find it comfortable to use initially and I have seen a lot of parents carry this around too while travelling.

But personally for my kid I dint go for it. I preferred the second option

  • Toddler size seat that can be directly placed on top of the toilet seat. You can have a stool so that the child can sit on the seat comfortably and feel relaxed while passing motion. I certainly preferred this.

In the initial few days my husband and I took turns daily in the morning and made our son sit on the potty seat. Eventually he knew he had to go there to do potty and that got set into his routine and let me tell you it was quite an easy task for us.

Take home message:

I know the process of getting rid of diapers, travelling without carrying those huge diaper bags which occupy half the space in your bag is certainly a relief. But the process of potty training your toddler is not an easy task. It surely takes time for the baby to get used to it. As a caretaker/parent, make sure you look out for signs your toddler shows.

Most importantly from my experience, I would like to say that follow a strict routine right from the beginning. It sets a pattern in the child and it makes your work much easier .Though being consistent is extremely important don’t make the entire process stressful for the baby. There should be a little room for flexibility too.

 When you feel your baby is not comfortable and is not in a mood, please don’t force them. Put your little one on diapers and probably later on during the day have a talk and try and make them understand.

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