Diapering / Potty TrainingLearn the signs – Try to notice the signs your child needs changing, for instance, if he recently had a full meal or a cup of milk, if he’s pulling or tugging at his diaper, walking funny, or just seems uncomfortable Take time to talk and create a routine – “How’s my big boy?” “Let’s check your diaper.” Describe what you are doing – “Let’s get this soggy diaper off and put on a nice dry one.” Following a similar routine at each changing helps your child know what to expect. Be Patient – Toddlers can be little wiggle worms on a changing table, but don’t worry, as their physical skills develop, you’ll get faster too. Talk to your child throughout the entire changing process. Give choices – Keep a few plastic toys near the changing tableland ask your child which one he’d like to play with, this may distract him from wiggling and make the whole process easier. If your child is noticing when he / she has the urge to go, and doesn’t like the feel of a wet diaper, it may be time to start potty training. There is a wealth of information on this subject on the internet. When a child is truly ready, they learn in just a few weeks. When they’re not ready it can be a frustratingly long process for both parents and child.
Talk while you dress your child – Describe the clothing or the process, “Ryan do you want to wear your Big Bird shirt or your Elmo shirt?” “Let’s but on your blue socks, they match your shirt.” Be patient and have fun – Remember, a squirming toddler isn’t trying to make your day more difficult they’re just finding out what their little bodies can do. Clap hands when finished dressing, “Yay, Max is dressed and all ready to play!” Plan on extra time if you have to be somewhere with your toddler at a specific time, such as a doctor’s appointment or a family gathering. Always leave extra time to get ready. Always have more than one outfit ready for your toddler as well as yourself. Spit-up happens when you least expect it, so when little Sophie spits up on her red velvet dress, or you, just before the formal family Christmas photo, don’t say you haven’t been warned!