When should you start potty training your toddler?
Similar to learning to sit up, crawl, and walk, potty training is also a skill that your child must learn. There is no set right time to potty train your son. It deviates from every family and every child.
But once you observe some potty training readiness behaviour in your child, you can start training your child. The truth is that no two kids learn alike. The unrevealed secret to success in potty training is to tune into your child’s unique learning style and start training him accordingly.
It is a general fact that healthy children aren’t physically and emotionally prepared to start using a potty until they are between 18 months and sometimes to three years old as well. Boys tend to be ready a few months slower when compared to girls.
Most parents begin training for potty when their children are between 2 to 3 years old.
But there’s no official age and you need not potty train your toddler if at all you don’t want to, your child may duplicate others without needing any instructions, as long as you make it clear to them about what they have to do, and where they must do it. You shouldn’t force your child to use a potty if he does not want to, or if they are not ready to start using it.
Some parents begin potty training when their babies are younger than four months. This is done by seeing for the signs of an approaching wee or poo and catching it in the potty. This method is called elimination communication which babies start showing.
However, most health visitors don’t advise this, and even recommend that children who have been trained in this way have problems later on. They may encounter setbacks with using school toilets, or when they experience stressful situations. It’s better to wait until your child is ready, and is staging an interest.
A child under two years cannot control when they feel wee and poo. The muscles that control their bladder and rectum aren’t mature enough until they reach about 18 months to two years so training prior to it is of no use. That’s why waiting for signs that they are ready is the key to success, and initiating things too early will result in accidents.
True independence is a lot to demand for a baby, as it means that she knows:
• How and when to use the toilet.
• How to hold on until she reaches the toilet.
• How to flush after she is done.
• How to pull her clothes up and down to pee.
• How to wipe her bottom without your help after its done.
All of this doesn’t happen in most children until the age of about three years or four years is reached. This is nevertheless of when you start potty training, or how you go about it or how long have you done it.
Weather the start of potty training begins earlier or later for your child, you will get your cues on when its time from your child. That emerging independence in your child starts shining through and they are eager to please you. Now, this is the right time to start actively watching for these signs of readiness for potty training.
Common readiness signs are:
• Pulling off a wet or dirty diaper.
• Hiding when they start feeling pee or poop sensations.
• Interest in other’s way of using the potty, or copying their behaviour.
• Having a dry diaper for longer hours than usual time.
• Awakening from a nap or sleep when they feel to pee.
• Telling or trying to communicate with you that they are about to go, are going or have just gone in their diaper.
Perhaps most importantly, your child needs to show heed and desire to learn to use the potty. You can promote this interest along by reading children’s books and watching videos about using the potty, and talking about it as you go about your routine parenting life.
To potty train, firstly your child must be able to easily pull her pants up and down. She may not have had any reason to do so in the earlier days, but this skill is easy to learn.
You may want to avoid dressing your child in clothing that’s hard to take off and put on during toilet training, such as tights, rompers, undershirts having crotch snaps, and pants with belts, ties, or zippers are difficult at times.
Tips for Toilet Training is even before your child is ready to try the potty, you can convince your little one by teaching about the process: Use words to express the act of using the toilet when they start feeling it like (“pee,” “poop,” and “potty”). Ask your child to let you know immediately when a diaper is wet or soiled.
If your child does not want to do a wee or poo even after 3-5 minutes of sitting on the potty or toilet, take her off. It’s best not to make your child sit on the toilet for too long periods of time because this will make them feel like punishment.
It typically takes almost about three to six months to potty practice or train a child who is ready, in about 98 percent of children being trained by the time they are 3 years old. But, these are just averages, and each individual child requires their own time to understand the process.
Have you potty trained your child?. If yes, how old is your child?