How to Prepare Your Bathroom for a Potty Training Toddler

Potty training is one of those times in a parent’s life that is both exciting and frustrating.  On the one hand, your little one is making progress and learning new things, but he’s also miscalculating, mis-communicating and making messes.

 

There’s really no way to have a seamless transition from diapers to fully potty trained, but you can make it easier by preparing him properly.  It starts when he starts letting you know he’s ready.

potty training

 

Common Signs

 

In most cases, your child will start giving you cues that he is ready to ditch the diapers and start official potty training.  This may include letting you know that their diaper is wet or dirty, interest in the potty and how it works or even telling you that they want to give it a try.

 

If he understands and follows basic instructions, wakes up from naps with a dry diaper, is able to pull his pants up and down without help and stays dry for longer periods of time during the day, it’s probably time for potty training.

 

Make It Safe

The first thing you have to do when preparing the bathroom for potty training is make the area safe for your child.  Remove any dangerous items she may be able to reach and keep the child’s potty away from the toilet.  You should also accompany them into the bathroom each time, to monitor their progress and make sure they are safe.

 

Make It Easy

Some people prefer to leave the potty in the living room or bedroom, but it’s a good idea for them to associate the lavatory with going to the bathroom.  You can still make the process easy by figuring out a signal that she’s ready to go and placing her potty in a spot that’s easy to get to and easy to use.  If you use one that sits on top of the regular toilet, set it right beside it so it’s always accessible.  But be cautious so that your toddler is not making a mess out of the bathroom accessories or the other accessible items in your room. 

 

Choose the Right Equipment

There are many different options when buying a child’s potty.  As mentioned above, you can opt for the type that sits on top of the regular toilet or you can buy a stand alone version.  If your child shows a preference toward one or the other, get that one.  Whichever type of toilet is going to get them using it regularly is the right one, as long as it is safe and sturdy.

 

Set an Example

This step probably isn’t for everyone, but if you feel comfortable demonstrating how to do each step, the training will prove invaluable.  He will try to copy what you are doing because showing is always a better teacher than just explaining what to do.  If you don’t feel comfortable, you can still have a properly potty trained child without it.

 

Preparing Your Child

Once your bathroom is set up the way you want with the right equipment, you can work on the psychological aspects by playing up the positives and pushing the move away from diapers to more grown up underwear.  Never refer to the old ways as being a baby or tell them their diaper contents are gross or yucky.  Just keep it positive, hold any frustration in, and it will happen naturally!

 

Author Bio:

 

Gina Brewton has been in the home improvement industry for the past 7 years. She is a mom of 2 kids. She is also a part time interior designer. She has her interests in cooking, photography, craft and painting. Follow her on twitter@ginabrewton.

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personalised toy boxes

 

Whether you are looking to personalise a toy box for a boy or girl’s birthday or Christmas present, we can provide a beautiful product, made and painted by hand here in the UK, North Somerset.

 

What’s more, both our new personalised wooden toy boxes are cheaper than before, with the cost down to just £99 from £135, including FREE postage and packing, and free personalised letters for the child’s name.

 

The girls personalised toy box is painted with a soft pink colour, with the child’s name contrasted on the front of the box in hot pink.

girls personalised toy chest

 

The boys toy box is painted with a light blue background, with the personalised name letters in dark blue.

 

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They also double as a seat or bench, handy for up to 2 children to sit on comfortably.

 

We can usually accommodate up to 10 characters per toy box for personalisation purposes.

 

Please get in touch with any questions or feedback.

New Website Design Coming Soon for Lullaby-Babies

We are pleased to announce that we have just commissioned a complete upgrade of our existing website in order to bring us right up to date with new technology.

 

We have taken on board customer feedback over the past few months, and hope this action will address most of the issues identified.

 

The new website will be fully responsive for all devices, have the latest WordPress and Woocommerce technology included, will be faster and more modern looking, and have a number of brand new features added.Responsive Website

 

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Four people end up getting arrested, including one juvenile.  One of the men is Paulo Pires Depina, the brother of the pregnant guest of honor Maria Depina.   Paulo faces charges of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, assault & battery on a police officer and causing an affray.

 

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Is your baby having trouble sleeping at night? Why not try one of our personalised baby lullabies to soothe them off.

 

I think it may be useful for parents to know the amount of hours that the average baby sleeps at different ages. However, it is important to remember that there is a huge variation that exists from one baby to the next. Some newborn babies sleep 21 out of the 24 hours per day. Others only need as few as 8. The test to see if your baby is getting enough sleep is to examine if she is waking happy and alert. If so she is getting enough sleep. If she wakes and is irritable or tired, she may need to sleep longer. (Hames 2002).

 How much sleep do babies need

Age

Daytime

Night-time

1 week

8

8  ½

4 weeks

8 ¾

3 months

5

10

6 months

4

10

9 months

2 ¾

11 ¼

12 months

2 ½

11 ½

2 years

1 ¼

11 ¾

3 years

1

11

4 years

-

11 ½

5 years

-

11

Figure 1. The Amount of Sleep the
Average Baby Needs (Quine 1997)

 

References

 

P. Hames (2002). “Help your baby to sleep.” HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd.
Quine, L. (1997). “Solving Children’s sleep Problems”, Beckett Karlson, Cambridge

 

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