How to Recognize the Readiness of a Child to Start Potty Training

Potty training has always been one of the most stressful and frustrating period for both parents and toddler. Through the years, it has been thought that this should be done with rigid set of rules such as age to start training, how to do it, etc. Most parents want to start it right away, the earlier the better due to economical reasons (diapers are expensive).

However it has now been known that potty training should never initiated by parents but by the toddler. It should be understood that children tend to develop in different rate and in different ways. There are those who learn quickly and there are those who seem to be "delayed" in their development. Thus each child should be treated differently when it comes to potty training.

So how will I know that my child is ready to start potty training?

1. Awareness. Your child recognizes that he/ she is wet, getting wet or is going to get wet. The more your child can tell that he/she is going to get wet, the more your kid is ready.

2. Your child can already climb and sit on the toilet or potty chair and he/she can pull down his pants down all by himself/herself.

3. Your child can already follow simple instructions and can already tell that she is about to urinate or defecate.

4. Your child is already curious about the toilet. You will know this if he/she is already interested in watching grownups and an older sibling use the toilet.s

The Do Not of Potty Training

1. Don't make it traumatic. Never use punishment and embarrassment to correct your child if he fails to do it right.

2. Don't get impatient and anxious. Most of the time parents tend to get impatient, anxious and tense while potty training their child. Remember this, the more you become impatient, the more you are prolonging the process.

Potty training should never be accompanied with tears or frustration. This stage in your child's life should be fun and non-traumatic. Make it very interesting for him. Make him think of it as play. The more he enjoys it, the more successful will potty training be.

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