All parents know that someday they will have to start weaning their baby from diapers. It is completely natural. And the question of paramount importance is when it is necessary to begin to do this, so that the process of disaccustoming will pass for the child as painlessly and easily as possible.
When to start weaning baby from diapers
A couple of decades ago, women were convinced that this should start as soon as possible. And this is understandable, because diapers were not yet distributed, and multi-layer gauze was used as diapers. And women were doomed to endless washing and ironing. Of course, they wanted to teach the kids to the pot as early as possible.
Nowadays, pediatricians are convinced that it is necessary to start weaning children from diapers at the age of 2-2.5 years. This opinion of doctors is based on the fact that babies are becoming aware of their own needs by this time. However, this does not mean at all that it is forbidden to start weaning a baby from diapers earlier – at about 9 months, or later – at about 3 years. But it is still recommended to start it later, then it will be faster and easier. In this case, the main thing is more attention to the child and endurance.
How to understand that you can already do without diapers
To establish that it is time to teach the baby to the pot, you need to carefully monitor him during this period. And on certain grounds, you can see that you should start. We are talking about the following points.
- If the child is emptied daily at a certain time. This usually occurs after eating and when he wakes up. So, he had his own mode.
- In addition, the fact that the time has come to teach the child to ask for the pot says that he puts on and takes off his pants, or tries to do it.
- The child does not like it when he has a dirty diaper, and he expresses displeasure – he cries, cries, worries.
- The baby knows how his clothing items are called, as well as pens, legs, etc.
Tips and methods for how to easily wean a child from a diaper
Practical recommendations on how best to wean a child from diapers, and teach him to the pot.
Method 1. Ten tights
First you need to adjust yourself to be prepared for the fact that within one to two weeks the diapers will be used only at night and during a walk.
Be sure to buy a pot for a child. Prepare neat pants, they will need at least 10 pairs. At the same time, it is necessary to choose those in which the child is comfortable so that they do not crawl and are easily removed, i.e. gum should be moderately tight.
In the morning you need to wear dry tights on the baby, and tell him that today he will walk without a diaper. And when he wants to use the toilet, he will certainly have to tell about it himself, or sit on the pot himself.
Of course, for the first few days, the baby will dirty pantyhose, since not used yet. At this time, parents will need patience and understanding. We must leave it for a few minutes in wet tights, so that he feels discomfort. Then you need to wash it and change into clean and dry pants. In this case, it is imperative to ensure that the temperature in the room was high enough so that the baby does not catch a cold. Need to inconvenience within 3-4 days. After that, the baby will begin to understand that you need to ask for a pot. And after 7-8 days he will learn to sit on the pot. This method is the most effective. Its negative sides are that for some time the child will be wet, which, of course, is undesirable. In addition, you will need to wash a lot of tights and pants, as well as wipe the puddles for the child.
Method 2. Positive example
This method involves teaching children to make it clear that they want to use the toilet by pointing out older children in the family, neighbors toddlers, friends, etc. It is necessary to explain to the child that he does not need a diaper, because other children have not worn it for a long time. The kid will begin to try to imitate them. As a result, he will not want to wear diapers anymore and will rather get used to doing without them. In this case, the child who goes to kindergarten or nursery will rather wean. If you tell your baby that other children do not wear diapers and sit on the pot themselves, this will actively stimulate him to do the same. And he learns to ask for a pot.
Method 3. Using toys
In the absence of other children, and if the child does not go to kindergarten, you should use the game method. To do this, you need to take one of your favorite toys and tell the child: behold, she has long grown and does not wear diapers. And then sit on the pot this toy. After that, invite the child to sit down and go to the pot. At the same time, so that he does not jump up, you can read a book to him. Such an exciting game will be understandable to the baby, and he will remember that he needs to ask for the pot when he wants to go to the toilet. And he will begin to wean from the diaper much faster.
Whatever method is used, you certainly need to often praise the child for any, even minor things. This will help him understand that he is behaving as he should, and he will want to hear the praise again.
The baby sleeps without a diaper
When the child becomes fully accustomed to walking without a diaper during the day, it will be possible to start teaching him to do without a diaper and at night. This should also be done gradually. No need to hurry here. If the baby is naughty and worried, it is recommended to wait a bit. And try again after 3-4 days.
Before bedtime, it is better to make sure that the child does not drink a lot. And before you put him to bed, always sit on the pot. And during the first days it is better not to turn off the light in the toilet. In the bedroom, leave a night light on. Baby can wake up, ask for a pot, or go on their own. And in the morning, even if he wakes up dry, seat him on the pot. And certainly praise him, and indicate to him that today he woke up in a dry bed.
But if in the mornings the bed of a child is often wet, then it is better to wait with the disaccustoming from pampers at night. And do not worry about it, do not worry. You can continue to lay it in the diaper until it starts waking up with a dry diaper. And then you can easily lay the baby without a diaper.
There is nothing difficult in disaccustoming babies from diapers. We must begin weaning only when he is prepared for this psychologically and physiologically. And to listen to the advice of kind and experienced older women and all-knowing grannies is not worth it. Before you start weaning your baby, you need to explain to him what the pot is for. And tell what sounds he should make when he wants to use the toilet.