Youíre getting tired of changing those diapers, arenít
you? Itís so great to be able to get your child out of diapers. But, when
it comes to potty training, timing is everything. If you start when your
child isnít ready, it will just take longer. However, if you miss the right
opportunity, your child may resist the process more when you try later
on. So, just how do you know when to begin?
First of all Ė forget what your mom told you about having
you potty trained by the time you were eighteen months old. She probably
just had herself trained to sit you on the toilet at regular intervals,
which is not the same as being fully potty trained. Itís really best not
to even think about potty training until your child is two. But, for most
children, the right time will hit sometime between the ages of two and
When your child is ready to begin potty training, he will
show an interest. He will begin to want to observe your toilet habits and
will ask questions. Explain that big people go to the potty instead of
using a diaper. Even if it makes you uncomfortable, let your child go to
the bathroom with you and watch. If you have a son, make sure Daddy is
taking him to the bathroom with him, too. Daddy will probably resist this,
though Iím not really sure why, since public restrooms make public urination
a regular occurrence for the average male! There are several good story
books on the market about potty training that you can start reading to
him your child at this stage, to help encourage an interest in going potty.
There are books geared specifically to boys and those geared to girls,
which is helpful.
Another good sign that your child is ready for potty training
is his ability to pull his pants up and down by himself. If your child
has mastered this step of dressing, potty training will go much more smoothly.
Another important physical sign of potty training readiness
is the frequency with which your child urinates. If he is still wetting
his diaper every half and hour or so, he is not ready. But, if heís going
one to two hours between wet diapers, then he is able to hold his urine,
which is critical to being truly potty trained, at any age.
If you think your child is ready for potty training, check
out my article in ďMommy to Mommy Ė the Truth About Taking Care Of BabyĒ,
where I outline some potty training strategies designed to make this developmental
hurdle as painless as possible, for you and the little one. You can pick
up this book at http://www.educatedmother.com.
About The Author
Sarah Veda is a 41 year old wife and mother of two boys
and one girl. She spent many years as a manager in the corporate world,
and gave it up to be a stay at home mom. Go to http://www.infantresources.com
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