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Just like learning to sit, crawl, stand and walk, potty training is an equally important part of a child’s learning process, some children get ready sooner than others, some can learn to use the potty before their second birthday while some may not until pre-school.
There is no “standard age” or “right time” that suggests a child is ready for potty training and be that as it may, there are are some physical, cognitive and behavioral signs that show your child is ready for potty training, here are some pottery training tips to help you know that your child is ready. It is important that you recognize these signs and not force your child to use the potty as it can lead to emotional stress and withholding urine or bowel movements which can lead to other medical problems.
1. When they start to dislike dirty diapers
This is perhaps the biggest sign to show that your child is ready for potty training. At this stage, they become so uncomfortable in dirty diapers and are eager to escape their soiled nappies as soon as possible. When this happens, then you should consider kick-starting your child’s potty training. My daughter just turned two and at 22 months she started taking off her soiled diapers which were a big indicator that she was ready for potty training.
2. When they hide to Poop or Pee
Another way to tell that your child is ready for potty training is when they start hiding behind curtains, furniture or going out of sight before pooping or peeing. This is a clear green light to train your child to use a potty.
3.When they show signs of independence
Once your child starts showing the “I can do it myself” attitude, they are probably ready for potty training. However, if your child is going through certain changes or stressors, like the change of environment or having another baby in the house, you may want to wait until your child is feeling more secure.
4. When they are able to perform simple undressing
Whenever it is time to poop, the potty won’t be of much use if your child cannot easily remove their underpants . When this time finally comes, you may want to avoid dressing your child in clothing that is difficult to take off or put back on during potty training. Avoid dressing your child in rompers, bodysuits, and pants with belts, ties, or zippers.
5. When you are changing diapers less frequently
Before the first 20 months or thereabouts of their development, kids urinate so frequently and expecting them to control their bladders is certainly unrealistic. But a toddler who can stay dry for an hour or two at a stretch, and occasionally awakes without wetness is showing a sign of physical readiness for potty training.
Regardless of when your child shows signs of readiness for potty training, it is important to note that a child is not developmentally lagging behind if they don’t start as soon as you expect. You don’t necessarily have to wait until you’ve checked off all the items to start potty training for your child, just look for a general trend toward independence, guilt and an understanding of what it means to go to the bathroom like an adult.
I hope you enjoyed these potty training tips to gauge readiness for your child leading to more success.
Until next time,
What are some of your potty training tips?
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This is a beautiful and empowering post for moms with toddlers!
Thanks for sharing this great article!
As a mom of three, this is SPOT ON!
Thank you so much for these tips. I have started a new preschool where I have to take care of potty training. Should we push kids to be potty trained by a certain age?
I remember these days and certainly utilized some of these techniques which are so helpful to new moms.
Yea, these a great tips. I remember all of this with my kids. Great job.
I remember when my eldest started potty training and she used to bring her potty cover when going to the bathroom, she was so cute!