Potty Training Our Toddlers

Potty training can be a daunting task, especially for first-time parents. With a variety of potty training books available in the market, we can’t decide on which book to read. When we do a google search on this topic, there are at least 101 articles on potty training tips and advices. The more we read; the more confusion we have.

My mother-in-law has started potty training little Edison when he was 8 months old. Initially, I thought that it was way too early for him to learn. Little Edison proved me wrong. To my surprise and delight, he was completely out of diapers within the next few days.

Since then, he has been diaper-less at home during the day. We still put him on diapers when we go out and at night, just in case we can’t reach the toilet in time and to prevent wetting his bed.

All the credits go to my mother-in-law for her patience and initiative to train little Edison. Now, whenever he wants to pee, he will either reach for his potty, walk to the toilet or point to his penis. He is able to communicate with us on his need to urinate.

In this post, I will share with you some useful potty training tips from my MIL. If you have the intention to train your toddler but are clueless on how to start, please read on.

1. Recognize his urination cues & timing and make potty time a routine
These are the critical times of the day that we should bring our toddler over to the toilet to urinate – first thing in the morning when he wakes up, before and after every feeding, before and after naps, before bath and before he goes to sleep at night.

Communicate with our toddler on his urination or bowel movement needs. Look for his indications or facial expressions. Ask him, “Do you have to go pee or poop?”

2. Take him to the toilet rather than using a diaper
For a start, we can cradle him over the toilet to urinate. In this position, we hold our toddler with his back to our chest. Place one hand under each thigh and hold him securely with his legs spread slightly.

He feels cozy and secure because his back is firmly against our chest and our hands are holding him steady. This position makes it easy for him to urinate without straining. We can also angle him a little forward to prevent splashing.

Puku Potty ChairAlternatively, we can start to introduce a potty chair. Let him sit on the potty chair to eliminate. This will take a while to practice if he refuses to sit on the potty chair.

This is the potty chair that I bought for Edison at Kiddy Palace for about $12.

3. Be patient and confident
We should be patient in case of accident. Reward him for success but do not punish him for failure. There are very few hard-and-fast rules except to be relaxed and non-punitive, and to keep our toddler confident and comfortable.

Do not provide diapers any more and express our confidence in our toddler’s toileting ability.

These are the 3 important steps that we used to potty train our little Edison. We are delighted that he can finally get rid of the discomfort in wearing a diaper.

This is an interesting article about potty training; do read on if you are interested: Toilet Training Begins at Birth: Concept & Method

So, good luck with your potty training and remember – be patient! Accidents are inevitable, but the reward sure is worth it!


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Samantha March 17, 2009 at 9:55 AM

i agree, starting young is critical. i see the vast difference between my 2 kids.

Emily March 17, 2009 at 4:21 PM

Yes, most importantly, they know what toilet is for and dun treat a diaper as toilet.. A lot of cost-savings too for the parents too!


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