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I assume that a task as delicate as handling the basic needs of babies is performed by us dotting moms only. So to begin with, I am a mother of a 22-months-old baby girl, who, every time she has to poop, tell me so. It has been the case since she started speaking meaningful words, i.e. from the past 8-10 months.
I thought I’d share a guide based on my personal experience on how to potty train your baby. Here’s what you can do.
- Give your babies some free time from diapers; at least a few hours during the day. If they are 24/7 in diapers, it’s going to take long for them to learn the trick. I did not use diapers for my baby in the hot weather unless we had to be out or she was not well. And, never during the night, except for those chilly winter nights then diapers are real saviours.
- During the time when your baby is free from the diaper, take her to pee in the sink and make a hissing sound as much as possible. This will take some time, but once you start, you can establish a pattern for your baby to pee. Try doing this every 15 to 30 minutes after the feed. You will notice that with regular practice, your baby will wet her pants less frequently.
- Watch for signs, especially your baby’s body language before or while passing stool. She could pass smelly gas a few times in sequence or apply pressure by closing her mouth. Once you notice the body language, take your child to the washroom immediately and try to encourage her to do the job while you keep holder her with your hands. For babies younger than 6 months, do this somewhere in the house instead of the washroom. You can use a piece of newspaper if needed. And, keep talking or singing. Just saying it’s potty time can also help.
- Don’t get disappointed if the trick doesn’t work. Just keep trying. It will surely give results.
- When you realise your child is already pooping in the diaper, you can still take her to the potty seat. This should establish a connection between the two.
- The key is patience and observation. When my baby was small, she used to suckle the boob even after being fed just before pooping. After she started walking, she used to run all around the house. So, you have to keep on asking them and take them straight to do their business.
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