Even if your child is potty trained, at time, they may be unwilling or unable to tell you when their bladder is full. Unfortunately, those times will usually happen when you're away from the comforts of your own toilet. You already know that being a mom requires you to have some amazing super powers, so now you can add mind reader to the list after multitasker and crisis negotiator. And as your first mission, you're going need to know how you know your kid needs to pee without them telling you.
Recognizing the signs that your kid has to potty can help you avoid messy clean-ups and painful urinary tract infections. If they aren't letting you know when they have to go, you should begin to recognize things like crossing legs and fidgeting as tell-tale signs that your little one is holding on to the urge to pee.
In addition to watching for signs, it can help to encourage your toddler to use the potty throughout the day, as The Bump suggested. The gentle nudge can get him in the habit of going on his own. You can also set a good example by letting your child know when you feel the urge to go. It may seem a little weird at first, but when you find yourself cleaning up fewer accidents, you'll be glad you did.
1. Check Out Their Moves
The pee pee dance is probably one of the most common tell-tale signs that your child needs to pee. And although it may be cute, it likely means you don't have much time to get them to the toilet. According to The Bump, fidgeting is a sign that your toddler's urge to pee is serious situation.
2. Keep An Eye On Their Hands
She may be trying to entertain you with her Michael Jackson impersonation, but chances are, if your child grabbing her crotch, she needs to pee. Reaching or pulling on the genitals can indicate a pending potty emergency, according to The Bump.
3. Take A Look At The Legs
If you notice your kid crossing her legs, you should start looking for the nearest potty ASAP. As mentioned on the Pull-Ups blog, crossed legs can indicate that your child has to pee.
4. Look At The Time
Because there's no way your toddler is going to keep up with how much he has to drink on a daily basis, it's up to you to do it for him. Monitoring when he drinks and how much he drinks can help you predict when he'll have to pee. Children generally have to urinate within an hour after having a large drink, according to Family Doctor.