A childcare expert who has worked with celebrity families has revealed the tips every parent needs to know before potty training.
Amanda Jenner, 46, of Portsmouth, is the founder of My Carry Potty and has worked with the children of Amy Childs, Charlotte Tilbury and Lily Cole.
Speaking to FEMAIL, she revealed the four signs every parent should look out for to indicate a child is ready to do potty training – and revealed her step-by-step guide on how to approach it.
She also revealed the pros and cons that every parent should be aware of and be aware of, and demolish the common myths you may have.
She added: “As an expert, I would say that potty training is not an easy task and cannot be done overnight. The key to the whole process is preparing the right time to start and making sure your little ones are ready too. & # 39;
Amanda Jenner, 46, of Portsmouth, the founder of My Carry Potty and worked with the kids of Amy Childs, Charlotte Tilbury and Lily Cole, shared her top potty training tips for your little ones. Pictured, archive image
FOUR CHARACTERS ARE READY
Amanda said there are key moments that any parent can watch out for that indicate a child is ready for stew training
Dry diapers: "Noticing that diapers are drier during the day is an indication that your muscles have developed, which will lead to fewer accidents."
Remove wet diapers: Removing your diaper because you feel uncomfortable when it is wet is a good sign that you are starting to feel the wetness and want it to be removed.
Recognize their body functions: Understanding when to urinate or when to pass out is a good sign because it means you are beginning to understand your body
Independence in daily activities: Amanda said, "When your toddler is showing independence i.e. dressing and undressing, it shows that they are in the next major stage of development and you will often find that this really helps with potty training as they care is doing things yourself. "
THE DOS AND DON & # 39; TS OF POTTY TRAINING
NOT: Start too early – you know your child better than anyone, make sure your child shows all signs of willingness.
Amanda Jenner (pictured), the founder of My Carry Potty, has worked with the children of Amy Childs, Charlotte Tilbury and Lily Cole
TO DO: Start when your child shows all signs of willingness. "Don't wait until summer when they show signs of readiness, go with it."
NOT: Start when something changes – e.g. For example, if your toddler is not doing well, if there is a new baby in the family, you have just moved home, started a new kindergarten, or have problems in the family home.
TO DO: "Move from diapers to pants so there is no confusion and take your seat with you as a potty / toilet trainer when you leave the house to keep things in order."
NOT: "Set a time limit – every child is different and developing at their own pace. Some take a week, some take a month to dry out."
TO DO: "Try to keep positive language, have an optimistic and cheerful dialogue."
TO DO: Ask them to pick some of the items they will be using. You may want to purchase a potty / toilet trainer seat, large boys / girls pants, step stool, reward system, kid-friendly hand soap, and a small plastic container.
ONE WEEK AGO…
Amanda advises that parents should educate themselves in the week before potty training begins so that they are “prepared for any eventuality” and “not surprised by anything that might happen”.
She adds, "If you teach your little ones with a story or app so they can see and learn about potty training before they start, the whole process will be a lot smoother for the whole family."
THE DAY YOU BEGIN …
“Pick a day that is good for you and your little one and there are no distractions as you have to be home for the first few days,” says Amanda.
"Make sure you switch from diapers / pull-ups to large girls / boys' pants first thing in the morning of the day you start, or it will confuse your little ones."
Amanda advises parents to set up a fun reward system to encourage their little ones and give them the element of surprise for extra encouragement and reminding them of it all day.
"Remind your little ones every 20 to 30 minutes if they need a potty / toilet to avoid accidents," she continues.
“Parents expect a few accidents on the first day. This is normal as they get used to this new process. Remember to be calm and calming and not get frustrated. & # 39;
“Give lots of praise when you go to the potty or the toilet – positive language is important.& # 39;
POTTY TRAINING MYTHS
Boys are heavier than girls
"I've trained a lot of boys and girls and I've never realized there is any difference," says Amanda. "The only difference is that a young boy's potty training and parents insist that he be on the offset of the training, which can lead to a few more accidents as they have more to think than just sit down."
Potty training is only for summer
"If your toddler is showing signs, they're ready. You need to start because you may miss your window," explains the potty trainer. “That really drives me crazy because when they're done in winter, you can't tell them to wait until it's warmer! This will only make things more difficult.
Your toddler should be trained by 2 potties
Amanda adds, "Some toddlers show signs of willingness in front of others. So never compare or be under pressure to start potty training until you as a parent feel ready as it will only delay the process."
Once you start potty training, there is no going back
"If you've started potty training and have been doing this for a few weeks, and your toddler is stressed and has had a lot of accidents, that is a sign that they just aren't ready," says Amanda. "Take a break for a couple of weeks and start a new one."
Potty Training Guru and Founder of My Carry Potty Amanda Jenner (www.pottytrainingacademy.co.uk)
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