Training a child to go to the bathroom can be one of the most complicated and frustrating tasks when educating children. The social pressure is often severe, usually without reason. The reality is that leaving disposable diapers can begin to be considered a the age of two, but each child has their own timing and certain indicators should be consider before the child is ready to alert parents with certainty that he/she needs to go to the bathroom.
A child is ready to go a day with out diapers when they have the ability to warn parents about the necessity to urinate or defecate. When they understand the meaning of urination and defecation and are able to explain it with words, it is possible to consider leaving the diaper.
It is important not to make big scenes in connection with toilet training. It is common, at the beginning of the abandonment of disposable diapers, that parents do not talk about something else with their children other than this subject and it becomes the focus of communication. In these cases, the child realizes that he or she can manipulate the parents to say “pee” or “poop” and parents will surely leave what they are doing to take them running to the bathroom, often without any result.
Psychology experts recommend that once the child is ready to give up disposable diapers and take the decision to use cloth underwear, there is no turning back. It is not advised to use the diaper back just for comfort or convenience of parents, even when attending social events. In fact, it is preferable to stay as long as possible at home in order to help the child to go to the bathroom alone and move freely.
You should never attack a child if “accidents” happen during toilet training. Toilet training is a gradual process that requires time, patience, understanding and above all lots of love and support from parents.