4 tips to help your baby dry in a relaxed way

For most people, going to the toilet is a very private matter and rather a shame. We often want to be alone and undisturbed. I know a lot of parents who say they don’t like going to the toilet with their kids and I understand that too. But especially when your little one needs to dry out, not closing the door right after going to the bathroom helps to learn to use the toilet.

First of all, each child has its own pace and there is no set age at which it “needs” to dry. There is no reward for parents whose 2-year-old is already diaper-free, nor is anyone “judging” you because your 4-year-old is always pooping in the diaper. Soreness is not a sign of intelligence, and you should never scold or scold a child for refusing to go to the toilet or potty. But what we as parents can do is set an example and show from the very beginning that going to the toilet is something natural.

# 1 Don’t build shame with toilet training

Pediatricians and psychologists emphasize the importance of young children learning from their parents, especially all physical things. Your children are closely watching you when it comes to personal hygiene and are not only learning how hygiene and care work. They develop an understanding of bodily functions as well as learn which steps are part of normal everyday life: mom or dad go to the toilet to pee and poop, and then wash, rinse and wash their hands.

If a baby can be present during these processes, or at least can see what you are doing, it will be taken as perfectly normal. If you are open-minded, your baby won’t feel ashamed either. However, if you make a secret out of going to the toilet and you don’t want your son or daughter looking at it, questions will arise and you are unconsciously building shame on a topic that shouldn’t be embarrassing.

# 2 Open the toilet door and pee together

Of course, parents just want to be alone, especially when it comes to certain important things. You can then pass it on to the child. Overall, however, it helps if the bathroom door is open and your baby and toddler are there right from the start when you go to the toilet. This may increase interest in the process, but it will at least normalize going to the toilet and the child will then know what to do in the toilet.

As soon as you feel your child is showing more interest, you can put the potty in the bathroom and show that you can pee on it. Other children, on the other hand, like to go to the large toilet on their own with a climbing aid or with a children’s toilet seat. What you use when “potty training” is very individual.

Without shame!

My three year old daughter was always in the bathroom when we made big or small from the start. We explained to her and even showed her what we were doing because she was interested and wanted to take a look. She also knows that her mother bleeds once a month and rinses her sanitary napkins and menstrual underwear with blood. It does not scare her because I showed her from the very beginning and explained in a simple way that it does not hurt and is not bad.

She finally got really dry on vacation thanks to Grandma making her toilet more pleasant and encouraging her to pee in the toilet every day. But just because everything turned out so well for us, doesn’t mean it has to be the same for everyone else. I think our openness helped our child approach the subject. At some point, when asked to do so, she started wanting to go to the toilet.

# 3 There is no guaranteed toilet training method

There are many experts who say that one method or another of potty training works. Personally, I don’t think much about it. If you talk to multiple parents, even in a family with many children, the point at which children become sober will vary greatly. The so-called methods of operation are just as different. There is no guarantee that the use of force will interest your toddler in the toilet. And even if you follow all of my tips above, there is no guarantee that your baby will dry faster as well. It’s just that you openly show what concerns hygiene and physical care, and the toilet is not a taboo subject with closed doors.

Of course, there will come an age when your baby will want to pee and poop on its own. It is different for every child. Some want you to be there, others want you to leave and then call out when they are done. You will notice what is right and important for your baby.

# 4 Be open and relaxed

In any case, it never hurts to tackle the issue of the toilet aisle and talk about it. There is no point in getting angry with the baby as he is still in diapers and other babies they are friends with are not. However, if your child also verbally refuses to use the restroom, you may ask why or if he or she has any negative feelings about it, if there are any questions or even concerns and uncertainties.

Sometimes he may also have completely different psychological or physical motives that make it difficult for him to overcome himself to go to the toilet or potty. I would like to say what other parents of many children have told me: “Stay relaxed because every child has dried up at some point.”

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