Potty-training

Dealing with bedwetting is very important and potty training can help you do that. Bedwetting in itself is not a disease or serious ailment. It is a normal part of the child’s development, the brain must be mature enough to recognize the signals of a full bladder at night and convert them to behavior. It only becomes a problem when development is too slow and older children are still bedwetting, This is when things like sleepovers or going to camp often become a problematic event, children are even bullied for it.

Development of potty training

Babies have no control over their bowel movements at all. This changes after the first year and toddlers become more concerned with pooping and peeing. Around age four and five, you can expect children to be fairly potty-trained; especially during the day. Of course accidents can happen, but that’s not something to worry about.

How to start with potty training

When your child is between 22 and 30 months old, you can start potty training just fine. It is important to realize what stage your child is in; if everything is NO, it is probably a good idea to wait another month. You’ll notice the following elements if your child is ready:

  • A pattern emerges in the bowel movements; so it does happen that your toddler has not had a bowel movement in two hours. Or that the diaper is dry after the afternoon nap.
  • Physical skills are already sufficiently developed; they are able to talk properly, take off their clothes by themselves, etc.
  • There is an interest in being potty-trained (showing interest when others go to the toilet, indicating the diaper is full or indicating they want to go to the toilet themselves.
  • The child themselves are conscious of it really want to contribute in the desire to become potty-trained.

It may still happen that your child is totally not up to potty training. If so, don’t push, but instead let it rest for a few months until your child starts talking about bedwetting again.

The role of the parents

Up to about 4-5 years old, children need the parents’ help to go to the bathroom, that’s what makes them feel safe. Also for the older children it is true that it is nice for them if mom or dad goes with them to the bathroom in a new environment.

It may well be that after a long period of potty training your child will have a relapse; for example, because a baby is born or if parents get divorced. Then, above all, remain patient and loving. As parents, you should especially not put pressure on the child, that is counterproductive.

When it comes to potty training, consider the following:

  • Choose a quiet and relaxing time so there is no added stress. Vacations are and nice opportunity or the current lockdown
  • Discuss with your child what poop and pee is and how it is made, It is important to be able to talk openly about subject.
  • Explain how the toilet works, so there is no need to be afraid of it.
  • Explain the benefits to the child, never having to wear a diaper again, being part of the big boys and girls.
  • Go pick out a potty with your toddler; nowadays you have so many different ones, make it a real outing.
  • Don’t force your child on the potty, let the child take their time with it.
  • Potty training does take patience and time, but make sure to take that time and don’t let it turn into a drama.
  • Remain neutral in the face of setbacks and reward tremendously when things go well.

Becoming potty-trained remains quite a process, but listen to your child’s cues and find a balance between giving direction and listening to the child. Should you need a potty-training aid to stay dry at night as well, check out the bedwetting alarm for example. The bedwetting alarm is a scientifically proven method solution against bedwetting.