I was visiting my friend's sister, Leela, who was in town with her two-year old daughter, Latisha. I thought of buying something for the little girl, and instantly thought of diapers. Not an ideal gift, I know, but I was looking at it from the usability point of view.
The usual chatting ensued before the oh-so-cute Latisha ran to her mommy saying, "Pee, pee!"
Potty-trained, already? What about those diapers now? Post the peeing session, I asked Leela how she had managed to train Latisha so early. Here are some of her personal gems.
On the pot: Sitting on the pot daily. If the baby has soiled the diaper, before changing it, make them sit on the toilet for some time and then clean them. This is to get them used to sitting on it. Also, a potty chair in their favourite colour helps. For Latisha it was red. This was simply to pique her interest.
Signs: Every baby shows subtle signs before peeing or pooping. Latisha used to stop whatever she was doing and be still. When she wanted to poop, she used to cross her legs and stand in a corner. Observe and rush them to the pot right then.
Timings: Keep a check on the timings of your child's bowel movements. Take her to the potty chair at that particular time.
Fun chair: Make it fun! Latisha used to sit on the pot while her mom told her stories or sang songs. And when Latish managed the job successfully, a series of claps and praises followed immediately.
As for those diapers that I bought for Latisha, she wears them when she is on her stroll outdoors. So it wasn't a waste after all!
Know some techniques that worked for you? Please share your story too!