Congratulations, if you have a baby on the way, or already have one in your arms. Parenting is not an easy job, and while you need to take proper care of your little one to ensure that he/she is happily growing up, you should not spoil him/her.
While there are plenty of baby products to help you take better care of your baby, and lots of external sites offering parenting guidance, it would still be nice if there were a few simple tricks that could help you sail smoothly through the different phases of growing up, especially in the first year.
Fortunately, different life hacks may come in handy to help you get through an activity or stage in your baby’s growth more efficiently. Dealing with the inevitable dirty laundry when your little one is not fast enough to get to his or her potty is one.
Potty training tip – use empty baby wipe containers to transport dirty underwear.
To understand this life hack, it is necessary to examine the potty training process.
The potty training process tends to go differently for each kid, which is why there are so many tips on this point. That said, most kids can be 100 percent trained to use a potty if you are patient enough. Before you can start training your kid, he/she should show signs of physical and emotional readiness, at about the age of 2 or 2.5 years, or even longer. If you start too early, it will be frustrating for you as it will take longer to train your kid.
- To determine whether your child is ready for potty training, check if he/she:
- Seems interested in wearing underwear, or in the potty chair or toilet
- Can understand and follow simple instructions
- Can express through words, posture, or facial expressions that he/she needs to go
- Can stay dry for two hours or more during the day
- Complains about wet or dirty diapers
- Can sit and rise from a potty chair
- Can pull down his/her pants and pull them up again
If your answers are mostly yes, then it means that your child is probably ready for the training. When potty training, you may want to:
- Encourage your child to sit on the potty – with or without a diaper
- Dump the contents of a dirty diaper into the potty, as your child watches, to demonstrate its purpose
- Teach your child basic bathroom terms
- Schedule potty breaks, whereby your child sits on the potty without a diaper for a while, several times a day
- Consider incentives to reward your child’s efforts
Back to the tip
You need to act fast when you notice signs that your child may need to go to the toilet, like squatting, squirming, or holding the genital area. When this happens, train him/her to stop what he/she is doing and head to the toilet.
Even when trained, however, your child will occasionally not get out of bed fast enough to reach the potty or toilet. So, when transporting the dirty underwear, you may want to use empty wipes plastic containers, empty food packaging, or grocery bags to make the process more efficient.