At What Age Should I Start To Potty Train?
Having gone through the process of potty training my own children I can tell you that there is no right age for starting to potty train. Potty training is a task that you might want to resolve quickly but it’s important to keep in mind that potty training can last from some days to a few months. It all depends on your child’s ability to adapt and learn new skills. Even though your toddler gets used to using a potty there can still be occasional setbacks along the way. Read more here about potty training problems.
One of the biggest factors when considering potty training for your little one is age. Many parents start potty training from the age of 18 months to 36 months (3 years). The older your child is the easier and quicker the process of potty training will be. It is also important to make sure what you will be calling poo and wee as using different names can be difficult for children, it is suggested you stick to using simple traditional names.
When to Potty Train is Your Decision
Don’t let yourself get pressured into potty training your toddler. Family members and well-wishers will frequently tell you its time to potty train; but you need to know that your child is ready and that you understand the basics of how to potty train. Indicative signs of your child being ready are, your child telling you that its nappy is soiled, Taking an interest in going to the toilet and/or using it, and having regular bowl movements e.g. an hour after eating, and showing signs of independence. Do not potty train when your child is already learning another task such as sleeping in a bed as opposed to a cot.
Potties v Training Seats?
Most parents prefer to start their child using a potty rather than a toilet seat, as it is smaller and thus easier to use for a toddler. The potty will also make it easier for your little one to both get on and off by themselves. This builds more confidence and improves their independence. Another alternative is to use a toilet training seat but you might have to buy a small set of steps so your child can get up to the toilet on their own. The benefit of this latter method is that they get used to the toilet as well as getting them in the habit of using the toilet alone.
Potty Training Pants
Last in the list of things you may need for potty training are some training pants these are different to normal everyday cloth underwear as they are super absorbent and that allows them to cope with many of the nasty incidents that can occur during potty training. They are great to get your child used to the concept of an underwear and are available in designs with characters on them. Although some parents do prefer to use proper underwear from day one of potty training.
Pace Your Potty Training
When potty training it’s important to be consistent; it’s a challenge for toddlers to start using the potty so don’t rush them into it. Let them get accustomed to the potty or toilet training seat. Try to have the potty or toilet training seat there before you even start potty training so that the toddler is familiar with it before you start to potty train. Start by only using the potty or toilet training seat once a day. This way you build up a routine to use the toilet. Talk your toddler through what to do every time and explain that it’s what you and your partner do (Mummy and Daddy). It’s important not to pressure your child into using the potty if your toddler does not poo or wee its fine. The idea here is to familiarize your child to what the function of the toilet is. If you find that your child isn’t yet quite ready for potty training that’s fine too, just use a nappy as normal and continue getting them familiar with the potty and concept of using the toilet. One way to do so is take your toddler to the toilet even if they have already soiled there nappy to link the toilet to doing wee and poo.
Lead By Example
To allow your child to better understand the whole process of using the toilet try and demonstrate the process as thoroughly and as many times as possible. It’s important that your child knows exactly what to do in the toilet and demonstration is the best and most effective way for your child to fully understand the procedure. If they have a younger sibling that they can relate to better then it may be better to make them demonstrate it as well. Make sure to go through all of the stages as slowly and possible to make it easy for your toddler.
At this stage, it’s very important to be consistent with your toddler. There will be many times when your toddler might make a mess in the toilet or even decline to use the toilet when they should. It’s important to be calm and relaxed and make sure not to force your child you don’t want to make going to the toilet a chore or annoyance for both you and your child. This is usually the worst part of potty training and requires the most consistency and perseverance to get through. It’s very important not to get mad or angry with your toddler at this point, as this will be counterintuitive and slow down the process.
Lastly, even once your child has started properly using the toilet and mastered potty training. It’s important not to forget that accidents will still happen and that potty training is a long process. There will be wet nights as well as school incidents it’s important to stay calm and soldier through all the setbacks. However, with enough guidance, patience and time your child will learn this skill and life will be much easier for both of you. Hopefully this helped you.