Potty training can be stressful for many families, but it certainly doesn’t have to be. Parents usually have never dealt with potty issues until they have their first child. After changing diaper after diaper, the closer a child gets to potty training age, the more excited parents often get. However, if this excitement creates stress due to the desire to have their child potty trained now, or early, it can actually hinder success.
No two children will potty train at the same age or in the same way. Some children will have several accidents; some will have none at all. Some children actually seem to potty train themselves. The key is for parents to know their child, recognize when the child seems ready and introduce the potty slowly. Pushing a child to be potty trained before they are ready, physically or mentally, will only create a stressful household and make everyone miserable.
Young children often accompany their parents to the restroom. As much as a pain as it sometimes is to have constant companions, children are actually learning from these small events. Very little escapes the notice of young children, and the fact that their parents or older siblings pee and poop on toilet is not missed. Children are introduced to the potty through this way.
Most children are not ready to be potty trained until at least 2 years of age, and often 3 years of age. When your child comes to you with a clean diaper wanting his or hers dirty one changed, it’s probably time to start thinking about potty training. You can purchase little potties for this purpose, or small seats for big toilets, or just steps to help a child reach the toilet. Whether you use children’s potties is strictly a personal issue; they come in all shapes and colors.
When your child has an accident, refrain from showing your aggravation and frustration and instead give your child love and encouragement. If your child has more accidents than successes through the day, it is probably too early for potty training and wearing a pull-up or similar device is probably a good idea. You can try again in a few weeks or months. Another encouragement is a reward system, but the rewards must end at some definite point in time. Be patient, your child will be potty trained eventually, and whether he or she is 2 or 3 is not important, know your child and you’ll pick the right time.
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Getting your baby to sleep through the entire night can prove to be a very daunting task for many parents. There are a lot of different things that you can do to help promote a great night of sleep though. Of course, when your baby sleeps through the night, you will get to catch up on the rest that you need also. There is not really any one thing that you should be doing, instead there are a few things that can contribute to achieving the goal.
When you first start out with a routine for your baby, it is important to follow it strictly. This is the only way that they will know that it is time to sleep through the night. You should start by giving them a bath with a baby wash that is calming. There are many products on the market that will work well. You should also feed them and put them down without too much stimulation after they have their bath.
Another great thing to do to help promote a night of sleep is rock your baby before bed. If you do this, they will be more calm and in a deeper sleep when they are put to bed. If you do not have a rocker, then you may want o consider a baby swing. Swings often times have the same effect on your baby. You may also choose to just hold them tight in a quiet place until they fall asleep.
One thing that many new parents struggle with is picking their baby up just because they want to be held. This can disrupt their schedule. If they cry out and you are sure that nothing is wrong, then you can let them cry for a few minutes. It is not recommended that you let them cry for hours, but a few minutes will not do any harm. In fact, it can help them to learn to self soothe, which is great.
As you can see, putting your baby to sleep at night might not be as easy as you thought it was. If you want them to really sleep through the whole night, then you should take these tips and incorporate them into your nightly routine with your baby. You will really start to see a difference in how well your baby sleeps. You will also start to get some much needed sleep for yourself. You will both feel more refreshed in the morning.
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