Helping your boy undertake potty training is a vital milestone not merely for you personally but much more so for him. It is a capability that has got to be developed, exactly like walking, talking or spelling.
It can be a very difficult time for both parents and the child.
It's possible you'll feel under time limits to see him grow to become independent and he may be concerned about conforming to your expectations.
Your strategy is as important as your boy's unique ability to learn.
There are numerous considerations when deciding when you should start potty training young boys. First, you need to understand the physiological growth and development of a boy. Between the 12th to 24th months of your boy's life, his elimination muscles will develop fully, making him effective at holding his excretion for a short length of time. This is also the time period where he starts to differentiate the feeling of a full bladder or bowel. Boys are better prepared physically normally after 18months.
Even if your boy is developed physically, it won't automatically follow that he's completely ready for potty training. There are other things to consider to knowing exactly if he's ready or not.
He should be able to comprehend and communicate basic feelings, like saying "pee" or"poo" when he's going to the toilet in the diaper. He should frequently have dry diapers following lunchtime naps and even after long periods of time when he's awake. He can understand simple instructions. He is at least partly able to dress and undress himself and exhibits a determination to do so.
It is vital for moms and dads to learn to be familiar with your boy's signals. Each and every boy is unique and everyone has a different period of ability to start potty training. It is also important to consider that pushing him prematurely to master this skill may well backfire dramatically.
This may lead to a condition called non-retentive encopresis or in layman's terms, withholding poop. This is a negative reaction of the child when being forced to make use of the potty when they are in fact, not yet completely ready.
Don't demand your boy to endure potty training when he is not yet prepared mentally, physically and emotionally. The right occasion will happen naturally as boys will usually develop a sense of social understanding and will be observant of other boy's habits and mimic them. As they mature, they will also tend to simulate the behavior of the same sex parent, including the manner of how they visit the toilet.
When you're ready to support your boy during potty training, remember to use positive reinforcements like a very simple compliment, small treats or star charts. Boys love that feeling of pride particularly when Mommy and Dad are so outwardly responsive. Make a great, big, happy fuss whenever they get things right!
These little actions will go a long way in encouraging them to do better in their potty training. It is simple yet effective in achieving the good results that you really want. Giving your boy a small bit of candy or simply clapping and showing him how great he is simply because he used the potty are probably enough to ensure you achieve good results.