Most children are ready to tackle the challenge of potty use somewhere between age 2 and shortly after their third birthday, with boys generally at the latter end of this range.
She wears pull-ups, enjoys sitting on the toilet, and gets very excited when she urinates. The problem is she has been doing this for months. She has not made the transition to going to the toilet and using it when she has to go.
Potty training is easier and happens faster if your child is truly ready in all three areas: physical, cognitive and social. But the big question is: how do you know when your child is ready? Take this quiz to find out where your child is on the readiness spectrum.
When you were pregnant, one of your many decisions was whether you would use cloth diapers or disposable diapers. Now that your child is no longer a baby, the cloth versus disposable decision comes into play again -- this time over training pants. A third alternative is to simply go directly to underwear.
If your child is near or has passed his first birthday, you can begin incorporating pre-potty training ideas into his life. They are simple things that will lay the groundwork for potty training and will make the process much easier when you're ready to begin.
The perfect age to begin potty training is different for every child. Your child's best starting age could be anywhere from eighteen to thirty-two months. Pre-potty training preparation can begin when a child is as young as ten months.
Throughout the process of toilet training there are periods of highs and lows, just as with learning any new skill. New skills to learn associated with toilet training include:
For many parents potty training or toilet teaching, as it is now termed, is a challenging and sometimes frustrating parental responsibility. You are ready for your child to be out of diapers, but you wonder, is she?
by Jackie Papandrew
Whoever is out of patience is out of possession of his soul -- Sir Francis Bacon
I believe that the best advice on toilet training is that if the child is ready, it happens very easily. If not, a power struggle often ensues, since you can lead a child to the potty but you can't make him go. And we all know that no one wins a parent-child power struggle.