Oh, potty training. The end result is so exciting. The idea of no more diapers is on every parent's list of awesome things. The getting there, though, can be anything from easy to completely awful. So how do you know when your toddler is ready to start learning the ropes?
Keep in mind that your little one needs to take the lead on this. A positive experience with potty training is important for everyone's sake. Some kids are ready early while others are a little late. I had one of each. My son was over four when he was finally ready but my daughter wanted to go on the potty at 18 months! The key, of course, is patience.
Here is a list of early potty training readiness clues that may help you decide the right time to take the plunge.
1. Is your toddler going longer between wet diapers? This is an indication that their muscles are strong enough to control when they go potty.
2. Your munchkin really doesn't like having a dirty diaper. Is your kiddo suddenly really upset about having a soiled diaper? This is a good sign!
3. You can predict your child's bowel movements.
4. Your child begins asking questions about your bathroom business. Do you have a shadow in the bathroom? Use this time to talk about using the potty.
5. Is your child able to undress? This is a needed skill for potty training.
6. Your sweetheart announces when they are going in their diaper. This is a sign that they are aware of their body and what is happening.
No matter when you decide to take the plunge and start potty training, be sure that your kiddo leads the way. A child who is not ready, well...they just aren't ready and really can't be forced. Keep a level head and some extra wipes and pull-ups for nighttime, if needed. Some toddlers learn super-fast while others take a longer time to master this huge milestone. One thing is certain though, they WILL potty train... eventually.
Do you have any tips and tricks for potty training to share?
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