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When should your toddler start potty training?

This is how you can help your child become potty-trained once they are ready.
You may have noticed (happy) that you’ve been changing fewer diapers lately, and that your child is often dry during naptime. These are just a few of the signs that you should consider potty-training.

Patience and awareness that everyone will progress at their own pace are key ingredients to success with potty training. Although different strategies will work with different children these are the best potty training tips.
How can I make sure my toddler is potty-trained?

Potty training will not work if your baby isn’t fully developed. These are signs your tot is ready for potty training.

You’re changing fewer diapers. Children are less likely to change diapers until they turn 20 months. While toddlers still need their pee every now and then, when they can stop peeing for an hour or more, this is a sign of developing bladder control.
Your bowel movements become more regular. This makes it easier when it’s needed to go to the toilet.
Your little one may be more vocal about needing to go to the bathroom. If your child is vocal about peeing or showing you through facial expressions, it’s time to potty train.
Your child will notice and not like dirty diapers. Perhaps your little one decides that dirty diapers make him sick. Yay! Your child has stopped judging you for using stinky diapers. She is now ready to use the potty instead.

When should your toddler start potty training?

The majority of children are not ready for potty training before the age 2; some children might wait until the 3rd or 4th grade.

It’s important not to push your child too early. Also, be patient. Each child’s needs will vary as far as when they should start potty-training. If it takes your child well beyond his third birthday to learn how to use the potty, you are not developmentalally lagging.
How to prepare your children for potty training

He is showing all signs that his potty-training systems are working. You don’t have to give away all your diapers yet. These tips can make it easy to transition into the active toilet-training phase.

Emphasize the positive aspects associated with pottying. Prior to your first trial period without diapers, emphasize the many benefits of using a toilet. It might be that you think “Wearing underneathwear is fun!” Or, “Pretty soon I can flush, just like Mommy & Daddy!” You shouldn’t criticize your child for his or her old habits. It could lead to resistance and even a rebellion.
Establish standard bathroom talk. Experts recommend using formal language (defecate or urinate) to communicate with children. This will help them avoid being embarrassed by babyish terms later in life. However, consistency is more important than having consistent usage. Your child will not refer to his diaper contents as “smelly”, “gross” or “stinky”. He will feel more comfortable going to the toilet if it is a natural, nonyucky process.
Commend grown-up behavior in general. You can praise your child’s maturity by telling him that you are proud of his efforts to drink from a cup and not spill it. But don’t make him feel too sophisticated. If he feels compelled to perform, he could start to long for the simpler days.
To be successful in potty-training, you must dress properly. Put in the effort to dress your toddler in the correct potty training clothes. These are pants that can be pulled up and down easily without any fiddling. Then practice the pull-down maneuver. Ask your toddler for help. Have him pull down his pants prior to diaper changes. Then, have them pull up again after.
Demonstrate to your toddler how you use the potty. Toddlers are naturally mimicked, and this is true for the toilet as well. You could tell your child how you flush the toilet, such as how to squat down, wipe the floor, and so on, but it’s far easier and faster to just show your child. Parents may not feel comfortable sharing their intimates with others, so skip this step if you aren’t feeling up to it.
It is possible to bridge the gap between diapers (and the potty) and diapers (and vice versa). It’s a good idea to change your baby’s diapers in the same place as his potty. This will help strengthen the relationship. Once he’s finished with his diaper change, take him to the restroom so that he can observe you flush the contents. If he becomes scared of the flushing sound, flush it and then dump.
Make sure you choose the right potty. Choose a durable model that won’t tip over if your child jumps up in order to check on his progress. If you want to add excitement, buy the potty with your child and wrap it in a gift. You could also choose a potty stool. Some children don’t like the idea of a “baby” potty, and want to use the “grownup” one. You can attach the potty seat to the toilet if that is the case. It is important to find a sturdy fit, as a wobbly seat can make it difficult for children to get out of diapers.

How to potty teach your toddler

Potty training your child is a major milestone. It can also be an emotional rollercoaster ride for many parents. But take heart in the fact that you’ve already done the hard part and are now ready to put the potty to good use. These are some tips for potty training your child.

You can switch to pull-ups. If your child is new to the toilet, you can switch to disposables. While he can pull them down like underpants they can absorb as diapers. They can also be ripped over his feet in the case of an accident. After your little one has tried the potty several times, switch to washable cotton pants.
You can let him show off his bottom. You can encourage your child to expose his bottom, which will increase his awareness of the body’s signals. It can be hard for a child to notice that he hasn’t got a diaper on to contain his urine. You can help your child act quickly by keeping the potty nearby.
Pay close attention. It is possible that you will be more skilled at recognizing your little one’s signals than he. When you see signs like straining or fidgeting, gently ask your child if he needs to go. If it’s too late and he already has, ask him to sit on your potty.
Keep him motivated. Keep reminding him that using a potty is an act of growing up. At first, a tangible incentive is helpful. You might put a sticker or a penny on the calendar to reward him for his success. As he becomes more confident using the potty, you can reduce the rewards gradually and let his inner motivation drive the rest.
Teach him the importance of checking for dryness. This will help him feel more in control. Give him a pat on the head (or a big hug) when he’s dry. Don’t criticize him if his hair is wet.
Be patient. It may take several weeks for even the most enthusiastic toddler to master potty-training skills. Unrealistic expectations can cause a decrease in self-confidence. Do not shame, scold or punish. Nobody likes to scoop up pee. But try to be cool. Your toddler might not be able to do the same if you are too quick to react.
Be gentle and stop nagging. It’s best to keep the conversation casual when reminding your baby about the potty. Resistance will only be provoked by nagging. Even if you are aware that he’s about void, don’t force him or make him sit down on the potty. (You can still lead your pony to a potty, but ultimately it’s up to him whether he uses it.
Don’t deny drinks. Many parents think that restricting fluids can reduce their toddler’s risk of an accident. This is unfair, unhealthy, and ineffective. You should actually increase your child’s fluid intake in order to give him greater chances of success.
Avoid a fight over the potty. Squabbling for the right to use the bathroom will only prolong the struggle. It’s best not to meet with any resistance. Keep at it for a few days. Be patient. Be patient while you wait for your child.

Potty-training isn’t always an easy process. It is all about waiting for your toddler’s readiness signs, setting the tone and going for it.

The prospect of going without diapers is thrilling, but it can be difficult for parents to keep their eyes open. But don’t lose hope. While potty training your toddler can seem overwhelming, it is possible. Your child will soon be comfortable using the toilet and no longer need diapers. Good luck!