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There comes a time in our child’s life when we all have to face the dreaded potty training stage!
Aunt Martha and Uncle Jim ask every time they are around if you have started potty training… All of your friends boast about how early their children were trained… You may even hear the dreaded question from some stranger at your local store!
The best advice I can give you here today is don’t let it bother you.
Your child will learn to go on the potty at their own time and at their own pace. There is no correct age for potting training and forcing them to go is only going to make the problem worse. There are two things you can do to make it a more pleasant experience for all involved and that is to not stress about potty training and to watch for signs that your child is ready. So how do you know if you child is ready?
Signs that you child is ready for toilet training:
• Having longer periods of staying dry (this indicates a strengthening of the bladder muscles)
• Begin announcing that they went poo-poo or pee-pee
• Can sit and walk on their own
• Begin feeling uncomfortable when diaper is wet or dirty
• Shows interest when you go potty
• Takes pride in completing tasks
• Is able to pull pants off and on (or is at least trying)
• Poo changes from baby poo (very soft) to a more big kid poo (has more of a poo shape)
• Can understand and follow simple tasks
• Can sit quietly alone for 2-5 minutes
These signs are just a guideline for you to go by and do not mean that once your child reaches all of these landmarks that it will be easy. Every child is different and there is no right or wrong age to start toilet training. Just keep in mind that your baby will learn to go when he/she is ready. Your role as a parent is to be patient and supportive and to take this journey with them one day at a time. One day your little one will all of a sudden “get it” and you can ditch those diapers and answer the dreaded “Is you child potty trained question” with a big fat YES!