From gut feel and observation you can tell that the time has come for your child to potty train. You welcome this development with much relief. Problem is, you may not know where to start.
Usher your toddler in by explaining to him that all is normal to go potty. Assure him that everybody, including birds and animals, does it. Discuss to him the nature of the toilet, familiarize him to it, and make him understand that it is the place where kids like him can potty. Show him how the place works. Let him get the feel of it by encouraging him to flush the toilet himself. Explain also that soon he will be wearing undergarments instead of diapers.
You may also wish to enhance the child's learning process by showing him entertaining and educational videos that feature how his favorite characters learned to potty. And while he is on this learning process, do get the whole family members involved so that the child will get the same message from everybody.
Find time to visit the store together with your child for the specific purpose of buying new underwear for him. Let him choose the kind of clothing he wants. It will be easier for him to learn the ropes if he gets to wear the underwear he wanted. But just the same, do not forget to guide him what kind of clothing is best under the circumstances. Restrictive or tight clothing on the one hand and oversized shirts on the other will hamper your child's learning process. Your child can have them the moment he overcomes the potty training stage.
Be consistent on the kind of clothing he wears. Do not mix pull-ups with regular underwear or training pants, he might get confused. You may or may not reward your child's progress, depending on your assessment of how he responds to your motivation. Plan contingent ways of handling potty problems when you are not around.
If you are availing yourself of services like day care centers for your child, discuss with the service providers or care givers your potty training program for the child. Be sure that your efforts and those of service providers complement each other.
While always ready to re-assure your child when encounters problems with the potty, praise him whenever he shows signs of progress. He soon will get the hang of it before you know it.
Hermilando Aberia is an expert in social development work with at least 22 years of professional experience as either consultant or key staff member of health, community development, education and local governance projects. He has a Master's Degree in Development Management from the Asian Institute of Management. Contact Information: B21 L59 Kassel Kristina Heights, Tacloban City, Philippines. Mobile: ( 63) 9058664106; Website: http://www.freewebs.com/iaberia