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3 Tips for Kids using the Bathroom Independently

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Most parents anxiously await the moment their little one is finally potty trained and out of diapers. It is a wonderful feeling not having to carry a diaper bag anymore. I remember the feeling of freedom when my two children were out of cloth diapers and more independent than ever before. But what about the phase that comes after diapers?

Most people don’t talk about that phase! It is the phase of having to still go to the bathroom with your little one to help him or her wipe after going number one or number two. This phase might take a little longer for children to grow out of, depending on several factors. All in all, I think this is a phase parents dislike, but more importantly, it is a key phase that will foster independence in children and a sense of empowerment when they can take care of themselves.

3 Great Tips for Kids using the Bathroom Independently

By the time children are potty trained and out of diapers, they are able to do a lot on their own. Some can dress themselves, brush their teeth and hair and can even make their own breakfast. But most cannot wipe themselves successfully after going to the bathroom. Why is that? Well, it is a skill that requires mastering through practice, patience and physical development. Let me explain what I mean in this post. I will also offer 3 tips that helped our kids go to the bathroom independently.

3 Great Tips for Kids using the Bathroom Independently

3 Great Tips for Kids using the Bathroom Independently

1. Make sure they are ready physically

Children develop their fine motor skills and coordinated movements with their extremities at different rates. Some are ready to wipe themselves by 3 and a half and others aren’t ready until 5 and a half. It is important to keep an eye on their physical abilities instead of simply going with our expectations. Another thing to consider is that some children have shorter arms and it is hard to reach behind them. This has been the case for several children I know, so parents wait until their children’s bodies yield to this independent task instead of saying, “You are such and such age; you should be able to wipe yourself by now.”

3 Great Tips for Kids using the Bathroom Independently

2. Make sure they have the best toilet paper

When it comes to kids using the bathroom independently, two apprehensions they have are: Will I get my bottom all clean? and Will I get it all over my hands? I know, I know. We have all thought of this, but when children have these fears, it can make them insecure in their ability to master this skill. Using the right toilet paper is super important. We have used some that shreds, some that falls apart and some that isn’t absorbent. Once we discovered Charmin Essentials, we never looked back. It has made our family so happy.

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3 Great Tips for Kids using the Bathroom Independently

3. Make sure to praise, encourage, help and practice consistently

Here is another important tip for kids using the bathroom independently AND successfully. Being patient on both ends is paramount for a less stressful transition from bathroom dependence to bathroom independence. Praising children for trying and for small successes will encourage them to keep trying. Consistency is key and, the more they practice, the better they will get at it. I highly recommend setting your children up for success by being there for them, to use kind words and lend a helping hand at the beginning. I really recommend trying Charmin Essentials Strong to make this important tool one that they can rely on and not use the kind that will let them down and make a mess. This will definitely discourage them. Instead, with help, praise, encouragement and the best toilet paper, practice will make perfect!

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