Once your child demonstrates an interest in or readiness for toilet training, it’s time to install a potty in your home. Take your child with you to purchase his “special chair,” explain to him what it will be used for, and let him help decide which one to buy.
In this article we would be looking at Choosing a Potty.
Once you’ve brought the potty home, write your child’s name on it. Encourage him to play with it, set it where he wants it, and surround it with his favorite stuffed animals, books, and toys. Pride of ownership frequently facilitates a toddler’s or preschooler’s interest in potty use, and its child-friendly size enables him to satisfy the powerful desire to “do it himself.”
On the other hand, children who are more focused on behaving like an older sibling may prefer using a stepstool to climb onto an adult toilet with a child’s seat attached.
It isn’t necessary to first put the potty in the bathroom. While some parents have found that placing the chair in the bathroom helps their child associate it more quickly with the act of elimination, others have met with greater success by keeping the potty in their child’s bedroom, where it is easily accessible after a nap, or in the kitchen for use after meals. Later, when the child has begun to use the potty with some regularity, the potty can be moved to the bathroom or even replaced with a child’s seat on an adult toilet.
Which potty is the right potty?
The classic floor potty chair. A simple standalone potty chair meets all of the basic criteria for comfort with the added benefit of being easy to move around. Pediatric physical therapists like these potty chairs because they can help your toddler get into the ideal position for peeing or pooping. Your toddler’s pelvic floor opens when their feet are firmly planted on the ground with their knees above their hips.
A potty training seat. A potty training seat, sometimes called a toilet ring, fits on your existing toilet. It makes the opening smaller and the seat more stable for small bodies. If your toddler is motivated by using the same toilet you use, this choice may support their efforts at being independent. And you can skip the transition from potty chair to toilet if your toddler starts on the toilet from the beginning.
Not all seats are created equal. The best ones fit many different kinds of seat openings and have handles that your toddler can hold for stability when they’re trying to poop. If you choose this option, your toddler will need a sturdy footstool to use for climbing up and down and resting their feet. Some potty seats have a built-in step ladder, though getting up to the toilet on the narrow plastic step may be a struggle.
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