Being potty trained in the summer; it seems useful. It’s warm enough to go barefoot in the garden, and an accident is easy to clean up. Do all the little ones get their nappies off? Youth nurse Mieke Huisman gives tips.By Elise Vermeeren
Holding your pee and poo, postponing that need and then deciding for yourself where and when to empty your bladder and bowels: that’s toilet training. There are parents who already try to teach their child at 8 weeks – the so-called baby potty training. It is intended to remain dry; not on the mental ability to delay urinating and urinating.
Being potty trained and keeping a dry diaper or underpants are two different things. With a great deal of effort from the parents, it is already possible to stay dry under the age of 1, scientific research shows. Parents are then hyper-alert to the signals from their baby.
Children can only really be toilet trained later, between the ages of one and a half and five. Children used to be potty trained earlier than they are today – a development attributed to the diaper industry. Diapers are so comfortable that children are not bothered by dirty, wet cloths around their bodies.
Teach little boys to urinate while sitting: This is how they empty their bladder most effectively.
Don’t start too early
The Adolescent Health Guide says that between the ages of one and two, children become aware of their full bladder and bowels. If they are between two and three years old, they can defecate and urinate on their own until they are on the potty or toilet. Starting toilet training too early is pointless, according to JGZ: wait for it window of opportunity.
To window usually occurs between the ages of 18 and 24 months. Starting potty training too late, after that development window is passed, means that the child is more aware of other things in his development than urinating and defecating.
How do you take advantage of the warm weather and the relaxed holiday atmosphere? Relax and let accidents happen can help create interest in defecation and urination, says Mieke Huisman, who works as a youth nurse at GGD Gelderland-Zuid. But parents should pay particular attention to their child’s signals, she says. In winter, children are also simply potty trained.
“Pouting is one of the developmental skills that children go through, and it’s the best way to help them when they’re ready. So watch your child’s signals. In the summer, children are more likely to go without a diaper and see their peeing; that could be a start.”
Being potty trained is not an achievement; it is a logical step in development.
Stand and seat yourself
Signals your child gives are for example squatting down to pee, retreating to a corner to defecate, telling them they have peed or already showing interest by wanting to go to the toilet when you go . As a parent, learn to look closely at those signals, says Huisman. Your child should also be able to squat and stand up on their own: this is the only way they can adopt the correct voiding position that will allow them to empty their bladder completely.
“As a parent, you need to stay away from pressure and coercion. Being potty trained is not an achievement; it is a logical step in development, just like rolling over and learning to walk. You can expect your child to be able to do it and to be potty trained by the age of 4. Go there, then get rid of it. Take your child to the toilet, buy a potty and leave it there, just in a diaper at first.”
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Pee in the stomach
And talk about it, says Huisman. “Ask your child if there is already pee in the stomach and make sitting on the potty a part of everyday life. If your child doesn’t like it at all: don’t fight it, because that’s how they develop resistance .”
In the Netherlands, if a child is four years old and attends kindergarten, they must be officially toilet trained. A primary school can even reject children if they cannot yet go to the toilet themselves.
“If your child is approaching four and is not yet toilet trained, it is wise to think about whether you have been paying enough attention as a parent. If so, then there may be something else at play, for example constipation, which for example, disrupts the toilet training process. Children feel the signals from their abdomen less well because they squeeze a lot.”
“Fear can also play a role: I regularly hear from parents that their child is afraid to let go while pooping. It can help to first take a diaper to the toilet; let your child defecate in it and then empty the diaper together in it. toilet. Your child won’t intentionally pee in a diaper until the third or fourth. So be positive and keep giving compliments.”
Tips from youth nurse Mieke Huisman
- Choose a few fixed times of the day to sit on the potty. Right after waking up, for example, and after eating.
- Give lots of compliments and make it a positive experience.
- Teach little boys to urinate while sitting: This is how they empty their bladder most effectively.
- Potty training is also a good opportunity to introduce your child to his own body. Describe what happens: your poetry comes from a poo hole, piss from a piss, penis or vagina; what words you choose as a parent.
- On Opmoeden.nl you can read reliable parental information about toilet training, e.g. in the form of picture stories for parents who have difficulty reading. The Growth Guide app also offers parents information based on their child’s age.