The excited voice of my girls ushered me into the house with shouts of – “Mummy! good news!! good news!!!”
I smiled and look around greatly anticipating to see the good news or what it was all about.
“Mummy Seddy pooed in his potty today” my first daughter said, smiling and clapping her hands in excitement, while my 6 year old jumped all over the sofa in excitement. I smiled as I walked toward the young dude that had achieved such feat! Lol!
And so my elder daughter proceeded to relay in sequence of the events (oh yeah) culminating in my 20 months old finally delivering his first poo into his beautiful potty after many weeks of relentless efforts. The excitement this evening was just contagious, my little man was so oblivious of the celebration around him, so I squat and told him he did great while holding up my hand up for a ‘hi five’ pat, this he returned with vigour and excitement.
Isn’t it amazing the growth milestones mothers celebrate? It is so amusing to think or even discuss on some. Lol.
Yesterday’s after-work banter with my girls began as soon as the front door opened and continued after a hurried salutation of “mummy welcome” was thrown at me. Lol! The events of the day was too good to be true, Seddy using his potty was the hottest news on the grill. This news literally made their day and mine too; so I patiently listened to the different version of the same ‘poo story’. I just adore the excitement this crew exude!
Potty-training my toddler had almost become a herculean task. Our goal of getting him potty -trained before his second birthday almost looked bleak as my toddler saw his beautiful potty as a toy to push around and not for potty time. He would push or carry it around the house and at other times filled it up with clothes, slippers, keys, crayon and even my phone. Whatever can fit into it with the lid firmly shut became a target!
In this journey towards potty training Seddy, there are times he would just sit on the potty for a long time and dose off without doing the main ‘thing’ while at other times he will just cry out to be freed (from sitting) when the major ‘thing’ is about to happen.
According to mum365.com, boys can be notoriously difficult to potty train compared to girls, so they sometimes require specific strategies to make the experience a positive one. According to the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS), boys and girls are often ready around the same age – between 1.5 years or 18 months and 2.5 years or 30 months – to take this important developmental milestone, yet boys are often trained at 31 months compared to girls’ 29 months. (Iyoho ooo, mbanu, abaasi akan’ ooo lol, we do not plan to use diapers that long oooo 😌😊)
Research has shown that ensuring the child is ready to be potty trained is the best potty training tip of all. Below are eight tips for toilet-training your child as culled from babycentre.com;
1. Determine the best time to start potty training your son – The key to potty training success is starting when your son is interested, willing, and physically able to.
2. Let him watch and learn – Toddlers learn by imitation and watching you use the bathroom, this is a natural first step.
3. Buy the right equipment. …Most experts advise buying a child-size potty, which your toddler can claim for his own and which will also feel more secure to him than sitting on a full-size toilet.
4. Help your child get comfortable with the potty – Let your child get used to the idea of using the potty. Start by letting him know that the potty is his very own
5. Motivate with cool underwear – Get your son focused on the benefits of being potty trained by taking him on a special errand: buying underwear. 6. Set up a training schedule. …
7. Teach him to sit first, then stand – Since bowel movements and urine often come at the same time, it makes sense to have your son sit for both poop and pee at first so he learns that both belong in the potty.
8. Set aside some naked time – Nothing helps your toddler figure out when he needs to go like letting him spend some time bottomless. Put the potty in an accessible area while he plays, and encourage him to sit on it at regular intervals.
We are still on our journey towards perfection with regards to potty training Seddy and are open for more tips.😁😁😁 .
So what are your time tested potty training tips, please share in the comment box below.
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