Potty Training

Potty training is the process of teaching a child to use the toilet or potty when required, instead of wearing a diaper. In the USA, many children are ready for potty training sometime between their second and third birthdays. Making the transition out of diapers can be a challenge. Conni is here to help you with useful tips and products that will get you and your child through the process. 
When beginning potty training, it is important to be encouraging, consistent and positively reinforce the desired behavior while making it a fun experience for your child. There are many potty training experts, but often the best option is to work with your instincts after watching your child's patterns and body language.

Potty training does not occur at the same age for every child, and will happen when he or she is developmentally ready. Some things your child might be able to do when they are ready for potty training can include being able to:

  • walk to the potty or toilet.
  • verbalize needing to use the toilet.
  • control the muscles used for toileting.

Once your child shows signs that they are ready for potty training, remember to take it slowly – allow them to become familiar with the potty and have them sit on it with clothes and diapers on and off.

  • Be consistent in your approach to avoid confusing your child. Set aside time so you can be self-disciplined enough to teach your child gently. Potty Training is a skill that your child needs to practice to get right so gently and consistently keep going forward.
  • Ditch the diaper. Use Conni Tackers training pants which can provide a sense of freedom from the diaper, and encourage movement into standard underwear.
  • Have a clear, confident & encouraging attitude. During potty training never ask children, "Do you want to go to the potty?", as it invites a negative response and a power struggle. Keep your tone, facial expression and body language neutral when your child has an accident. Be positive and enthusiastic when they have a success.

Bed-wetting

Nocturnal enuresis, also known as bed-wetting or night time incontinence, should not be confused with potty training. Bed-wetting is involuntary urination at night while the child is asleep after the age in which bladder control usually occurs. Bed wetting is very common and is experienced by 5 million children in the USA alone.Children who wet the bed often do not respond to signals sent to their brain indicating their bladder is full. Nocturnal enuresis or night time bed-wetting should not be a concern up to the age of 6 or 7, as the child may still be developing night time bladder control.

 

iStock 000011938573 FullBed-wetting often runs in families and typically at least one parent or close relative will have experienced nocturnal enuresis as a child. If one parent was a bed wetter, there is a 45% chance each child in the family will wet the bed. If both parents wet the bed there is an approximately75% chance each child will wet the bed.

Other Possible causes of Bed-wetting:

  • Small Bladder
  • Inability to recognize a full bladder
  • Hormone Imbalance
  • Stress
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic constipation

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It is important to remember that bed-wetting is not a behavioural problem, so ensure that those around the child are supportive and encouraging. Most children do not experience ongoing problems with bed wetting, but a feeling of embarrassment or shame can occur. Here are some helpful tips to help your child achieve nighttime dryness.

  • Stick to a Regular Bedtime routine
  • Limit Liquids in the Evening
  • Use the Bathroom Before Bed
  • Keep a Bed-wetting Journal
  • Make Bedtime a pleasant time

In this Children's Channel video podcast, Jillian Miller, MD, a pediatrician at the Akron Children's Hospital Pediatrics Hudson office, discusses the causes of bedwetting and what parents can do to help their child stay dry through the night. 

bedwetting from Incontinency on Vimeo.

How Conni Kids can help You

Conni has an extensive children's range of reusable products which can help you manage your child's potty training, bed-wetting and other continence issues. Conni products are easy to maintain and use, machine washable and tumble dryer safe, environmentally sustainable and far more cost effective than disposable incontinence products. Absorbent and waterproof products help make the transition from diapers to underwear easier for you and your child.