Part of growing up is learning how to use the toilet like a big boy or girl, and what a milestone that is!
While parents might rejoice when the child finally masters the potty (No more stinky diapers! Hooray!) getting there isn’t easy.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the success of potty training hinges on physical and emotional readiness but not a specific age. While most youngsters show an interest in the toilet by age 2, others might not be ready until they’re older.
Even after the child is trained, keeping his bladder in check overnight might take a few extra months or even years.
In the meantime, there's no need to rush to the toilet. If you start potty training too early, it might take longer. If you think your child’s ready, ask yourself these questions first, courtesy of the Mayo Clinic:
Does your child seem interested in the potty-chair or toilet or in wearing underwear?
Can your child understand and follow basic directions?
Can your child ask simple questions?
Does your child stay dry for periods of two hours or longer during the day? Does he wake from naps dry?
Does your child have fairly predictable bowel movements?
Does your child tell you through words, facial expressions or posture when he needs to go?
Is your child uncomfortable in wet or dirty diapers?
Can your child pull down his pants and pull them up again?
Once the child is using the toilet, parents still have to prepare for accidents – lots of them. Moms and dads also might find they constantly need to remind their child to use the toilet because if they don’t, the child won't bother.
Moms Council member Jamie Kunchick has a daughter at this stage. Here’s what she had to say about it.
"I am in the process of potty training my daughter. While she does great when I remind her to use the potty, she will have an accident if I don't nudge her toward the bathroom. How do I get her to take the initiative to use the potty on her own?"
What do you Moms out there think? Do you have a great tip for the potty-training process?
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