Potty training is a big step for kids and parents alike. Using a potty is a new skill for your child to learn. It’s best to take it slowly and go at your child’s pace. The secret to success? Timing and patience, especially a lot of patience. Being patient with them will help them get it right, even if you sometimes feel frustrated. Don’t worry, you are not alone, all the parents in the world face the same situation at some point.
Children are able to control their bladder and bowels when they’re physically ready and when they want to be dry and clean. Every child is different, so it’s best not to compare your child with others.
Is it time?
Potty-training achievement depends on physical and emotional readiness, not an age. Many kids show interest in potty training by age 2, but others might not be ready until age 2 1/2 or even older — and there’s no rush. If you start potty training before your child is ready, it might be difficult and may take longer to train your child.
Ask yourself these questions to know if your child is ready for potty training:
- Does your kid appear to be interested with the potty seat or toiled, or in wearing underwear?
- Can your child understand and follow basic directions?
- Does your child tell you through words, facial expressions or posture when he or she needs to go?
- Does your child stay dry for periods of two hours or longer during the day?
- Does your child complain about wet or dirty diapers?
- Can your child pull down his or her pants and pull them up again?
- Can your child sit on and rise from a potty chair?
If you answered mostly yes, your child might be ready for potty training. If you answered mostly no, you might want to wait — especially if your child has recently faced or is about to face a major change, such as a move or the arrival of a new sibling or even a separation. A toddler who opposes potty training today might be open to the idea in a few months.
Remember, each child is different. If your child is not ready yet, it’s not the end of the world. You can talk about it to start with and then when he will be ready, it will be way easier. No child has or ever will graduate college with diapers 🙂 !!
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