Before inviting or “pressuring” your little one to say goodbye to diapers, you need to be sure that they are ready to take this important step, because, although we see it as a very natural act, just like taking their first steps, this will be another great achievement for your son.
But why is it important to acknowledge that it is time to stop diapering? Because if it is not done at the right time, you run the risk of getting responses or contrary behaviors, which, perhaps, will take you away from your long-awaited independence.
Get the signs
– Physiological maturity. This means that the little one must have in tune the muscles that surround the orifices of the anus and the bladder. Likewise, your neurons must be interconnected to allow information about what is happening in your intestines or bladder to reach the brain. These two features will allow you to control your urination and bowel movements at will. All this occurs, approximately, between 18 months and two and a half years ; without however, this can be advanced or delayed somewhat by the child, without involving a serious complication.
– Good psychomotor development. It can sit and stand alone, it has the ability to take off or put on any item of clothing.
– It is independent. Shows attitudes of wanting to perform certain activities “alone.”
– Has an interest in imitating the behavior of the elders, and likes to please his parents.
– Regularity in evacuations. It is able to stay dry for more than two hours, for example, clean wakes up from his naps.
– Knows how to recognize the moment in which the urge to “pee” or “pee” appears.
– Know the difference between being dry or wet and between dirty and clean.
– Has the ability to express himself. Even if he does not speak clearly, he manages to communicate with you and let you know what he wants.
Patience is the key
The diaper ditching process takes, on average, two to six weeks for the daytime check-up and six months to a year for the nighttime check. It should be taken into account that it is not advisable to start the training if you are facing an unusual situation such as the birth of a baby brother, a move, change of school or family problems. It is preferable to wait for the routine to return home to undertake this task.
- Accompany it with positive phrases that reward the effort you are making. Let him feel that you are guiding him, not pushing him.
- Read or make up stories about how to go to the bathroom. This will help him recognize when he feels like it so he can give you advance notice that the time to pee or pee is coming.
- Show him how to do it. Do not prevent your little one from entering the bathroom with you, on the contrary, allow it, the example will be the best teaching.
- Try to find out what your child prefers, the potty or the pot? If his choice is the first, you can invite him to “personalize” it, in this way he will feel that he belongs to him and will have a positive relationship and will show interest in using it. If you choose the second, it is best to have an adapter for a well and also have a stool or ladder so that you feel safe and do not have the feeling that you are going to fall.
- At the beginning, invite him to sit dressed and pretend that he is evacuating or urinating. Then, you can suggest “practicing” sitting without diapers, for this purpose diapers that resemble underwear are very useful, they are easy to get on and off, and protect them from accidents.
- Change the diapers in the bathroom, and show him when he discards the content in the bowl, so he will associate his function.
- Invite him to go to the bathroom for a while after having eaten, this will coincide with the bowel movements, perhaps the desire to pee or poo will manifest itself and it will help him to identify the moment in the following occasions.
- After the child is able to control his toilet during the day, he will still have to continue using diapers at night, this process will take a little longer because there are many more hours that he needs to control his urine. As time goes by, the little one will be able to stay dry for longer, and the days that wake up dry will be more and more frequent, this will be the indicative. It is advisable to condition the bed with some waterproof material to protect the mattress, before deciding to remove the diapers during the night. It will also be necessary to have a change of clean clothes for him to take care of what happened and thus prevent it from happening again.
I know that with patience and love, you and your child will achieve this goal of diapering off. I also know that you will continue to build a close relationship that will help you overcome the challenges that come your way.
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