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Potty Training: Tips and Tricks for a Successful Start

Are you ready to start potty training your little one? Perhaps you're wondering what is the best age to begin - or what you'll need to do in order to make a successful start of it?

Well, wonder no more; here at Chemist.co.uk, we've compiled some top tips to help you on your way. Read on to find out what they are...

Accept that Potty Training is a New and Daunting Skill

Try to go slowly and at your child's pace, being patient with him or her to ensure they get it right. Slow and steady always wins the race, particularly with potty training. Try to train them too soon and it could backfire, and leave you - and them - feeling frustrated.

Don't Compare

It's worth remembering that every child is different, which means you shouldn't be tempted to compare your little one's progress with that of another child. While some kids will he able to control their bowels and bladder easily, others will struggle.

Did you know, for example, that most children can control their bowels before their bladder?

By age one, most babies will have stopped emptying their bowels at night, with some children being dry during the day by age two.

Once they reach three, the majority of kids are dry most days, but bear in mind that all children may still have an accident or two. At four years of age, most children will be reliably dry during the day.

Staying dry during the night can be harder for children - and it usually takes them a bit longer to learn this useful skill.

Don't Force Your Child to Potty Train Too EarlyIf your little one simply isn't ready, you won't be able to make them use the potty. Remember that, in time, they will want to use one, so try to encourage them to use it, without forcing them. Between the ages of two and two and a half is the time most parents will consider potty training, but according to the NHS, there's no perfect time.It's also important that you teach your child to use the potty when there are no distractions; starting when there are toys or too many family members around will only slow down the process.

Start Gradually

When you leave the house, take the potty. In time, your child will understand that you'd like them to use it every time you go.

Get him or her used to the idea gradually; for example, boys can start by sitting on the potty, before they switch to standing up later on. The NHS suggests you talk about your child's nappy changes as you do them, "so they understand wee and poo and what a wet nappy means."

The site also recommends leaving a potty where your child can see it and explaining what it's for.

Make Using the Potty Part of Everyday Life for Your Little One

Ensure your child can reach the potty easily wherever they are; by keeping one downstairs and upstairs you'll be helping them - and yourself. By encouraging them to use the potty for a wee, you'll be building their confidence and preparing them for using it to empty their bowels at a later stage.Dress them in clothes that are easy to change, and avoid tights and clothes with zips or lots of buttons; after all, you'll want to make it as easy as possible for them. Oh, and make sure you congratulate them when they succeed!Did you find these tips useful? Let us know by commenting below - and don't forget to share your own potty training tips, too.

Until next time...

Disclaimer: If you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the products mentioned, do not consume them. Always check with your doctor before trying a new medication or regime, and if irritation or allergy occurs stop using the product or medication immediately. The tips listed in this article are meant to be suggestions and should not be substitutes for medical advice.

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