When Should I Start Potty Training?
Usually children are ready to be potty trained between 18 months to 3 years.
Is My Toddler Ready for Potty Training?
Your toddler is ready to potty train if he/she:
- Can walk properly
- Is able to sit on the toilet
- Can comprehend simple instructions
- Is able to express about their need to go
- Complains about their dirty diaper
- Show predictable schedule
- Stay dry for at least a couple of hours
How Long Does it Take to Potty Train?
Some children gets trained within a week others within weeks. It is important to start training when your child is ready. If you start potty training your child too early it will take you longer to train. Some believe that boys take shorter time to get trained and others believe that girls get trained faster.
Preparing for Potty Training?
- Potty chair or toilet ring
- Stool to help your child sit on the toilet
- Disposable or reusable underpants
- Waterproof mattress cover
Potty Training Tips:
- Do not potty train your child if he/she is not ready
- You need to be with your toddler all the time
- You need to be around a near toilet with all the tools you need
- Dress your toddler an easy on and easy off pants
- Show your toddler how it’s done.
- At the beginning you need to take your toddler to the bathroom every 15 minutes
- Make this experience a stress-free one
- Reward and applaud
- Keep your child entertained while on the toilet
For nighttime training, limit bedtime fluid intake
Potty Training & Constipation:
Many children get anxious about potty training, and they react by holding in their poo. This reaction may lead to constipation, or make constipation worse if the child was already constipated.
It is painful for a constipated toddler to poo, so the child holds back even more and a vicious cycle arises (pain- holding back – constipation – further pain – more holding back…. and so on)
Help ease your child’s constipation by:
- Feeding him/her enough fiber
- Making sure he/she is drinking enough fluids
- Not allowing him/her drink too much milk and not enough water
- Enrolling him/her in physical activities and exercises
If your child’s constipation doesn’t improve, consult your doctor. The doctor may prescribe a mild laxative like lactulose.