When it comes to potty training your tot, just what is the child-oriented approach about?
WORDS CINDY LIM
Introduced by paediatrician T. Berry Brazelton, this approach involves delaying toilet training until your child clearly shows signs of potty readiness. Once you observe the signs, parents embark on a series of steps but before beginning each new step, your child must show clear interest. If your child shows distress or is not co-operative, then wait. There is only one pace for the Brazelton Child-Oriented Toilet Training Method – your child’s pace.
Step 1: Introduce the potty-chair, make him comfortable, and help your child associate it with the toilet
Step 2: Sit without diaper on potty-chair (after 1 to 2 weeks at Step 1)
Step 3: Practice using the potty-chair
Step 4: Training pants
The ultimate goal is for your child to sit voluntarily on the potty chair and actually pee or poo. This will happen sooner if not later and most importantly, the child must think that potty training is his idea, not yours.