Every parent fears these 2 words: POTTY TRAINING!
Read on to find answers to the most common questions on potty training.
1. When to start potty training?
The worst thing you can do when you go on this journey is to start too early. If your child is not ready to start, they won't cooperate. Period. The power struggle will be in play from the beginning, and even if you take a break for a month, they will remember who won that round and try again next time.
Most children are ready to start potty training between ages 2 and 3 (girls are usually ready to potty train earlier than boys). Children with special needs will most likely train later.
Rushing the process by starting when your child is too young won’t help. Studies prove that children who start potty training at 18 months of age are usually not fully trained until 4 years of age, while children who start training at 2 years of age are usually fully trained at 3 years of age.
2. How do I know if my child is ready for potty training?
Your child will show you telltale signs that she is ready. Here are some things you should pay attention to:
- Your child will let you know when her diaper is dirty.
- Your toddler will tell you when she wants to go potty.
- The nappy will stay dry for about two hours during the day.
- Bowel movements occur at regular intervals.
- Your little one may show an interest in the toilet and underpants.
- Your kid feels uncomfortable in her wet diapers.
- You may also notice that your child wants to be more independent - doing things in her own way.
Your child is not yet ready to go potty if she is resistant or afraid of the potty, if she has bowel movements immediately after sitting on the potty, or if she wets the diapers less than two hours apart.
3. How long does it take to potty train, my child?
That depends entirely on your child. For most children, you can expect it to take a good two or three months before they are fully potty trained. For others, especially children with special needs, it can take much, much longer. Just be patient and be prepared for any accidents.