Before you start Potty training your kid, you need to decide on how you want to go about it. Which means do you want your baby to squat on the floor (best but most difficult) , or do you want a stand-alone potty seat or an adaptor for your bathroom commode. All these products can be ordered online on Amazon or FirstCry.
Another main factor to consider is your child’s readiness. Some babies are born potty trained others are ready only by 3 years, so you need to figure out if your kid is ready before you proceed. You can start by pointing out “susu” or “potty” every time s/he does that. We recommend that you start only when the kid is 1 year or older. Younger kids have very little bladder control and potty training may be difficult for them.
On Day 1, you can start with making your kid sit on the potty seat (of your choice) and tell him/her that there is where you need to pee/poop. Some babies have very predictable times for pooping. In that case, it’s best to start at that time, as it will be easier for the kid to understand. If not, you can start by taking the baby to the bathroom/potty seat as soon as they wake up (either in the morning or after their mid-day nap).
Kids are usually scared of anything new and they need your love and trust to help them get familiar with new things — potty training is the same. Till now, your baby was passing urine and motion in his diaper and has become comfortable with the same. Potty seat is a new addition and a big change to your baby’s daily schedule. So, its very important to be patient.
Some of you may have been lucky that the baby passed urine in the potty seat as soon as you asked. For others, the baby may have flat-out refused to even sit on the potty seat. In that case, you can try again by making the baby sit and even play a small game to keep the baby engaged and seated on the potty seat. This will make them comfortable and they may even get to use it. If not, you can try the same thing again tomorrow.
For babies, who already used the potty seat once, you can take them to the bathroom every 1 hour and try to make them pee. Most babies, will be ok with this and even excited to take that next step. You can also encourage them by clapping with them when they successfully use that potty seat. Your encouragement and appreciation means a lot to them!