The start of kindergarten is approaching and you start to have a cold sweat at the thought of your child not being clean. The pediatrician’s advice to help him get through this course smoothly.
1. Wait for the right moment
“Summer is the ideal time to drop diapers,recalls Dr. Brunet. Quite simply because it is easier to leave children in panties when the weather is hot. “Conversely, it is better not to start the potty at the same time as another important event in your child’s life, such as a move or the arrival of a little sister.
2. Observe the signs
As with the first steps or the learning of language, each child has his own rhythm, which must of course be respected. The earliest ones are fit at 18 months, when it may take much longer for others. To spot if he’s ready to give up diapers, there are some signs that aren’t mistaken. “If he says pee or poo when touching his diaper, if he’s interested in the potty you just bought, he might be ready,”details the pediatrician. If he can climb the stairs alone, too. “Because this motor skills often happens at the same time as the mastery of the sphincters, the muscles that allow the bladder and anus to open and close.
3. Make it easier for him
By putting on clothes that are easy to take off – no overalls, for example. Because once the “urge” is felt, the toddler cannot hold back for very long. If you have the room, put his potty in the toilet or in the bathroom. Otherwise, it will go into the living room, but not right in the middle. If he prefers to go directly to the bathroom to be like Mum and Dad, buy him a very stable reducer, and a step so that he can put his feet there and feel more comfortable.
4. Don’t force it
“No question of putting pressure on your child. “You show him, for example with a blanket, what this new object is for that he will have to tame. “Then you have to regularly suggest going to the potty, because at that age, focused on the game, he often forgets to do it. “If after a few minutes nothing has happened, we let him go back to play. If he defecates in the potty, you can congratulate him, without an explosion of joy. But if he is not ready, no need to insist. Better to leave the subject aside before coming back to it, a few weeks later.
5. Dramatize road accidents
Accompanying your little one on the path to cleanliness requires a good dose of patience. For a few months, there will be a few small “hiccups”. Above all, don’t scold him. Shaming him would risk blocking him. What about cleanliness at night? It usually happens a few months after removing diapers during the day. A mattress sheet will protect the mattress, and approach this new stage with confidence.
Our expert : Dre Dominique Brunet, pediatrician in Issy-les-Moulineaux.
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