Can you believe it when you read – Toilet training made easy? Unbelievable, right? Well, not so much.
Using the potty to pee or poop is the most basic of activities humans have to, have to perform. There is no way out of it so, but naturally (pun intended) it becomes very important for your baby to learn it. Now, though there are studies that support ‘right age’ or when the baby is ‘ready’, here I’m not contradicting any. I have brought a slight reroute of toilet training. I believe for something that natural, a baby doesn’t need training but practice. Hence, I recommend Elimination Communication as an alternative/means of toilet training.
WHAT IS ELIMINATION COMMUNICATION?
Elimination communication is basically following your baby’s cues to pee or poop. A baby gives different cues or hints for different activities.
- Like if she is getting sleepy, she will yawn, rub her eyes, and gaze out lost.
- If she is hungry, she will bring the fist to mouth, eye at mom’s boobs hungrily, reach out for them.
- Same way, if she wants to pee or poop she will make certain expressions or do actions that will hint at what she wants to do.
- Parents or caregivers can easily understand these cues and bring them to the potty to do their business.
So, Toilet Training Made Easy – IS IT POSSIBLE? Absolutely YES!
- To achieve the best potty training or pee training, it has to be always BABY-LED.
- In fact, if you would only respond to their cues there be no need for any training or any emotional conflict whatsoever.
- But, please do not make your child sit on a potty chair for longer time periods.
- The instant they start to show any discomfort or squirm to be taken out, do so without second thoughts.
- Try another round after half an hour or so but don’t insist on continuing sitting when your child doesn’t want to.
- Such behavior will completely put off your babe from sitting on the potty chair.
- Oh, and, about those who claim to have achieved potty training in one week? That’s possible only when the child is extremely communicative about toilet cues. Maybe around the second year..? Maybe, maybe not. Hint: Find what’s best for your child.
Truly speaking, I owe my success of having a diaper free baby to practicing Elimination Communication and also to some very needed potty training essentials who proved to me that toilet training a baby or toddler is not actually that tough.
But, one must be gentle always and be understanding of your child’s needs.
Always remember, there is no training going on in Elimination communication rather just effective communication between a child and parent/caregiver.
So, coming back to the topic, if your child is ABOVE THREE or if you’re following ELIMINATION COMMUNICATION then, this article should serve you helpful!
Toilet Training Made Easy
Top 5 Potty Training Essentials!
1. Potty Chair
How can excretion training be successful without a potty chair! A comfortable potty chair will make up as an easy way to potty train a toddler.
As there are many fancy potty chairs available in the market, I believed any that serves the purpose would fine. After all, it’s all just a plastic body so how does shape matter, right? Actually, no!
Follow the below-mentioned pointers when choosing the right potty chair for your baby-
- Opt for one that actually RESEMBLES THE POTTY IN YOUR HOME so that it eases the transition from chair to the actual pot! You wouldn’t want your child to start playing with the potty chair thinking it to be a toy, right? So the more it looks to a real potty, the more easily it will be accepted by your little one.
- A chair with a STURDY BASE will be easier to place on any surface, be it the floor, your couch, or even the bed. Have a quick feel of the base of the chair. A wide base is a good choice.
- If you are potty training a really young baby say, one who has just learned how to sit, go for a potty chair that comes with SUPPORT HANDLES so that your baby can hold on to them while doing business.
- Also, it is best recommended to opt for a chair having CUSHIONED SEAT AREA so that it doesn’t cause discomfort to your baby when applying pressure and finally releasing.
- An ATTRACTIVE COLOR will make it easier for your baby to adapt to it.
- Since all plastic chairs are breakable, opt for a SUPERIOR PLASTIC quality chair to last your baby for long.
The plastic of our potty chair is extremely thin and as a result, has snapped. But, it did serve our purpose in potty training our little one so, we can’t really complain. But we surely wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.
2. Mattress Protector
Potty/pee training will not be a success if you don’t give your baby QUALITY DIAPER-FREE TIME. But, diaper-free time also means the risk of messes and bedwetting, hence we recommend mattress protectors that can protect your mattress from becoming a stinking dump!
Believe me, I have seen Pihu pee right after I placed her on the bed to put on clothes after baths or when getting ready for a social gathering. It is really frustrating! Even now, when she is 95% pee trained, and 100% potty trained, accidents do happen. Can’t blame her, she’s not even two!
A mattress protector is your safest bet! And an absolute must for successful potty training at night!
- However, be very wary when purchasing a mattress protector because by nature a mattress protector will heat up so opt for good quality, DOUBLE-LINED PROTECTOR which has a cotton-like material on top and a protective, waterproof lining underneath.
- Protector with an ELASTIC BORDER which makes up as a fitted sheet will enhance its grip on your mattress and it won’t come off when you need it the most.
- A LARGER SIZE is better than leaving some area bare anywhere on the bed.
Our bed is queen size but our mattress protector is of king size because the protective area did not fit my entire bed completely and I wasn’t interested in taking any chances of spoiling our mattress so opted for a larger size. Well, we’ve never been happier and use it all year round.
Hey, don’t blame me for pressuring too much on introducing books to little ones but, it is a tried and tested way to make a baby sit on the potty. Just open a book and watch their eyes light up in anticipation. I recommend the Potty book by Leslie Patricelli to everyone because it’s that good!
I have come across situations and countless queries where moms have asked me how did I manage to get my little one to sit on the potty.
Let me remind you, we started elimination communication from seventh months onwards and what really made our transitioned from bed to potty chair easier were books! I’d daily bring to her a book and read it to her while she sat on the potty.
We’d talk about sounds, objects, names, colors, sing rhymes, and even do actions. These books would just work to calm her and help her to release without getting irritated.
4. Training Pants or Pull Ups
These are the newest entrant in the world of ‘toilet training made easy’. Unfortunately, I wasn’t aware of their existence when I began Elimination communication with my little one so I couldn’t give them a try. But, as far as I have researched these training pants or pull-ups are basically semi-waterproof undies like, which are lined with absorbing cloth that make pee and poop training comfortable without any messes.
Just pull them down whenever you want to practice EC and that’s it. That’s the purpose they serve besides also protecting from embarrassment in case the baby accidentally wets.
I’d recommend this to new moms because believe me such pants do come very handy especially when there are guests in the house and you wouldn’t want to create a conversation out of the correct way to potty train.
Suggestions, advice, words of caution, whatever you may call them, they are endless and tend to fly when a group has gathered but, you gotta stand up for what you believe in, for your child and yourself, as a parent.– aabhie
5. Interactive Toys
Make sitting on the potty a fun experience for your child.
- Get them a few interactive toys like a funky magical slate or a musical play toy. They work as great distractors!
- But, in the case when nothing works, and your baby just wants to get out of the potty chair don’t force your baby to continue sitting.
- Instead, just try again the next day or after a nap.
- After naps and early mornings, are the best times to make your baby actually empty up what’s been so full with all that dream feeding! Give it a try.
Word of advice
Once your baby is potty and pee trained encourage them to use the real potty by getting a potty seat. But, don’t forget, potty training is a huge developmental milestone and I know many moms consider potty training to be the hardest. But, hey it doesn’t need to be if you would just trust your child and follow their cues through the entire process.
Hear me- Never force your child to do anything and you’ll find everything done and dusted at the right time. Just follow your child. Toilet training is only a part of growing up. It does not define your child. Yes, it needs lots of patience, understanding, and time. It is not a one day or one-week feat. So, it truly doesn’t matter if your child is still untrained. Every child grows in their own time.
Happy toilet training!
I look forwards to your comments/queries until then, do watch out for my next article- Level 2: Toilet training using a potty seat!