Is there a right time, or a specific time for children to start potty training? As with other breakthroughs, every child has a different agenda and it’s important to let our children decide for themselves when they want to start potty training. Of course, it’s crucial to introduce the idea to your toddler. it’s important to look out for the signs that they’re ready, know what to do when the time comes and learn all the facts about potty training.
Before anything, it’s important for parents to introduce the idea of using a toilet to their child. You should familiarize your child with how the toilet works and how it’s used. The most important sign to lookout for is that your child starts finding diapers distasteful. They pull and tug on their diapers because they just don’t like having it on. The second sign to lookout for is that they start voicing their bodily functions. Whether they’re saying it out loud or they’re going to a corner to urinate or defecate, you should realize that your child is aware of their bowel movements and that’s a sign that they’re ready to start potty training.
Once you’ve come to the conclusion that your child is ready to be potty trained, it’s extremely helpful to start using pull ups instead of regular diapers. This way you don’t have the fear of an accident. Make sure you inform the nursery your child is enrolled in is informed that your child will start potty training. Praise your child. Whenever he/she uses the toilet remind him/her how proud you are and even give them treats like stickers after every time they use the toilet. It’s important to be patient and not force your child to do anything, nothing works when force is used and it may ever slow down the process. Take your child to the bathroom periodically, almost every two hours, so it becomes a habit for them and if they don’t urinate, it’s okay, you have to be patient.
Even though there is no specific time a child should start potty training, the time kids usually start is from 18 to 32 months. You can introduce the idea to your child anytime but your child’s biology and readiness will determine when they’re ready. The time required for kids to finish the potty training process can take 3 to 12 months, the readier your child is to potty train, the less time the process takes. There are many different techniques you can use to potty train your child and they all work as long as you’re positive and patient. Most toddlers urinate 4 to 8 times a day, almost every two hours and they have 1 to 3 bowel movements a day (some may even skip a day, it’s nothing to worry about). Here at the nursery, we always make sure we take the children to our little toilets at least once every hour. Every child has a specific pattern and it’s important for parents to realize what that pattern is. 98% of children are completely independent by the age of four.
In conclusion, it’s very important to remember that every child is different and start at different times. You have to approach potty training with knowledge, respect a plan and most importantly patience. Many parents think that potty training is a difficult task but that’s not the case at all, potty training is a wonderful learning experience for your child and a very natural and easy task for you. Just remember to never force your child or punish them for doing something wrong in the process. We at London and Paris international nursery always recommend that children start potty training at the age of two, at most.
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