Potty training is one of those important mile stones
for your child. You have many questions in your mind. Is he ready? Which potty to use? What type of training pants to use? should you use pull-ups? Is using positive incentives a way to go or negative reinforcement? With all these questions floating around in your brain, you also have the issue of “keeping it clean” while you are conducting potty training with your child.
Keeping it clean
Keeping your home environment clean is important for your child as well as others in your household. Giving up diapers is healthy for your child as well as helping with keeping your home more tidy and holding germs at bay with taking away one of the germs’ growing environment—the dirty diaper.
Given that your child is ready for potty training, one has to strategically plan the potty training area in the bathroom. Place the potty training seat, training pants, wipes and tissues in the bathroom,too. If there is more than one bathroom, place the necessary materials and another potty training seat in all bathrooms. Here are some steps to help with “keeping it clean.”
Steps to Take
1. Purchase a potty chair that is made of solid hard surface that is easy to wipe off and keep clean. Potty seats that adapt or fit into the adult toilet seat are easy to take up and wipe down with a non-toxic cleanser that also kills germs. check in your grocery store for baby cleansing products that are nontoxic.
You can also use vinegar to wipe off your potty seat. You don’t have to empty urine or feces and clean out the potty container if you let your child go right into the toilet when you use the adapter type potty seat that fits into the adult toilet. If you opt to use the potty seat with the receptacle to catch the urine and feces, you will have to cleanse it well right after each use, especially after a bowel movement. If you use a potty chair, remember to clean the whole potty chair along with the receptacle itself.
Some parents opt to use potty chair liners. These are usually plastic and are thrown away after a couple of uses with the absorbent pads for urine. If your child has a bowel movement, the potty liner’s contents can be emptied into the toilet and then dispose the plastic liner.
Liners are usually removed and placed in the trash much like when you empty your trash can’s liner by pulling the drawstring and then disposing of the bag and all. Although many will see this as a neater way to handle the cleaning up after the elimination issue, it does not show your child how to clean up after himself or help the environment by adding more soiled plastics to the landfills which you are trying to lessen by getting him potty trained and save on buying diapers disposable and cloth. Buying potty liners is lessening your savings by putting in an expense which is really not necessary.
2. Clean all potty training materials in the bathroom sink or tub, not in the kitchen sink where food is prepared. Remember to clean the sink and tub used to clean potty training materials with a non toxic cleanser.
3. Wash your hands thoroughly and make sure your child does too after each toilet visit.
4. If you use cloth training pants, make sure to wash them right away
after an accident. Empty the feces into the toilet and rinse the
training pants and place in the washer on hot water setting and wash
with a hydrogen peroxide type bleach which kills mold and mildew,
If you use a disposable training pant such as “pull-ups,” roll them and
place them in a small bag. If there is fecal material, make sure to
empty it into the toilet before placing the soiled disposable in the
bag and then putting into the trash.
5. While your child learns to stay dry at night, it’s a good idea to
keep a plastic sheet on the bed in case of bed-wetting.
Potty training your child takes time, patience and letting him see you
as a role model. If he sees you “keeping it clean” by washing your
hands, keeping the bathroom area clean, disposing of soiled potty
training materials in a responsible manner, washing soiled clothes and
using good hygiene, he will model you and participate in keeping it
clean while potty training and grow up learning good hygiene, too.
P.S. What do you do to maintain a clean environment while potty training? Let us know in the comments.
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