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"Learning to use the potty" Dr. Linda Sonna

"Learning to use the potty" Dr. Linda Sonna

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The guide 'Learning to use the potty' can be a rescue for many people. There is no lack of parents who see the future only in black colors, who are firmly convinced that they will never teach the child the principles of purity. Such pessimism does not come from nowhere, but from real problems with ridding children. From the tasks and challenges, which due to the widespread use of disposables and postponing while learning the chamber pot become extremely complicated.

Potty strike

Persistence, hysteria, attempts to escape from the child are able to effectively cool the enthusiasm of parents who, as a consequence, do not know what to do. Instead of acting, they constantly delay learning, believing that it will work out somehow. It's true that an older child can learn to pee into the potty by himself, acquiring this skill overnight. Unfortunately, however, this does not have to be the case.

A book for problems

"Learning to use the potty" carries quite unusual advice. I can't agree with many of them. There are many objections (e.g. the idea of ​​rewarding sweets when praise is not enough). There is also information that is difficult to find in other guides of this type, e.g. about the fascination of young children with their droppings, the need to touch them or even play. Despite this, the book contains a lot of valuable advice that I did not hear about before and which I did not come across ...

For example, the author draws attention to the need to "tame the potty", especially by paying attention to the discomfort caused by sitting on a cool potty. Contact of the baby's skin previously covered with a diaper with cold plastic can be unpleasant for the baby and effectively discourage him from sitting on the potty in the future. Hence, it is recommended to start learning from sitting on the potty with a diaper on, and then with a bare bottom, but first to warm the edge with your hand.

The second big problem can be learning how to relax on the potty. Only a relaxed toddler will be able to take care of his physiological needs. Meanwhile, very few children succeed. The little ones are taken over and are unable to fulfill their parents' requests. This is how the situation is explained when the child, after getting up from the potty, does everything in a diaper. The sphincters after the "new, unusual situation" passes are able to simply relax and push urine and feces out.

How to calm your baby when he is sitting on the potty? How to give him a sense of security and comfort? The child will relax when we give him a toy, a booklet, turn on the music, or just be with him wholeheartedly. We will not achieve the expected effect, however, if we are tense ourselves.

The author of the guide pays attention to one more thing: many babies, even those who protest before changing diapers, are used to this ritual and simply do not want to take responsibility for controlling physiological needs. Even more so when he associates that the use of the potty takes the attention of a parent who was fully taken when changing the diaper. With a diaper, your toddler doesn't have to worry about anything. Without it, he is forced to remember the potty, often interrupting interesting fun and skipping the anticipated attractions. No wonder he doesn't want to part with something that gives him so many benefits.


In the guide you will also find some ideas for quite unusual tricks on how to get your toddler to use the potty or adult toilet.

Lida Sonna gives the idea of ​​sinking ping-pong balls or aiming at the shield. He pays attention to letting the child learn in different places, not only at home. This is a valuable tip so that you do not have a problem refusing to use the toilet outside your home in the future.

In addition, the author explains how to teach the chamber pot for older infants, children over one year old, or how to quickly teach the use of the potty to children who are three years old. In any case, it presents detailed instructions and gives ideas for solving many problems that may accompany dehumidification at various stages.

Economic and ecological aspect

There is nothing to charm yourself. A three-year-old in a diaper whose parents are waiting for the toddler to change himself is an endless list of problems. First of all, diapers are a considerable expense, secondly, with age, "heavier works" in a diaper can be very embarrassing when changing clothes. Thirdly, diapers, which are manufactured in large sizes, are the third product in the largest order to be found in landfills around the world.

Other facts are also interesting. From generation to generation, parents later decide to learn to potter. Considering the decreasing number of child births in Europe and in the fastest developing countries around the world, this fact is very much on hand for diaper companies that have loyal "customers" for a much longer time than they did some time ago.

Suffice it to mention that in the 1930s, parents began chastity training when the children were about three months (!), In 1946 experts more and more strongly advised to wait with this learning when the child was about 7-9 months old, in In the 1950s, 90% of children were taught to use the potty before they were two years old. In the 1960s, the well-known writer and pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton suggested that they wait until the children are 24-30 months old. Currently, 1/3 of babies still wear diapers until they are three years old.