When to start potty training your toddler

Is it possible to tell if your child is ready to stop using diapers? While figuring out the right time to start potty training can seem daunting, there’s no need to worry once your child is developmentally ready.

What is the best potty training age?

Each child develops at their own pace; therefore, there is no age to start teaching children to use the toilet independently. No healthy child should wear diapers on the first day of school. This can happen as early as 18 months or as late as the child’s fourth birthday. The average age to start toilet training a child is between 18 and 30 months.

Potty training may be the next logical step if your child exhibits any of these behaviors:

  • Throughout the day, your child maintains a dry diaper for at least two hours, and your child is also dry after naps.
  • They can perform procedures that require many steps, such as going to the bathroom, sitting down, and removing their clothes.
  • They are interested in wearing “big kid” underwear.
  • Your child will cry, complain or display visible pain when their diaper is wet.
  • There is a clear signal in their face, body language, or words that it’s time to go to the bathroom.

Professionals advise waiting until your child is in a period of transition or stress to begin potty training.

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How to start potty training

When the time is right, teaching the concept of proper toilet use is crucial. Helping your child change from diapers to the toilet might be less stressful with these suggestions.

Gradually introduce toilets

By the time your child reaches the age of one, start casually broaching the topic of potty training to stimulate their interest. One technique is to read your child potty training books.

Discussing toilet use is a perfectly acceptable topic of conversation. Put it in a sentence like this: “I have to pee” or “I wonder if Elmo [or your child’s favorite stuffed animal] must go potty.

Follow a schedule for potty training

Establishing a schedule before you start potty training is crucial. The trick is to schedule bathroom breaks at regular intervals throughout the day. It would help if you encouraged your child to go to the bathroom as often as every two hours, whether he needs to go or not. It is best to put your child on the potty in the morning before leaving home, before naps and in the evening.

Offer praise and rewards

Accidents are to be expected at the start of potty training. Many children don’t start staying dry all night until age 6, and others still have accidents until age five or even later. Never punish a young person for soiling or wetting their clothes; they are

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