Training your toddler on how to use the potty is one of the things you have to do successfully. To be successful, your child must be physically and emotionally ready and you must be very patient and maintain a positive attitude.
It is true that potty training can be quite a challenge and also sometimes frustrating, but it is a necessity and one that’s rewarding too. What time you should start to train your child on how to use the potty depends on a number of things besides your child’s age.
You should know that every child is different and it is therefore best not to compare your child with other children. Allow your child to go at his/her own pace. If you are wondering how you would know when your child is emotionally and physically ready for potty training, here are some questions you should ask:
- Does your child show signs he/she doesn’t like wet or dirty diapers?
- Does your child let you know he/she needs to use the toilet through words, body movements or facial expressions?
- Can your child understand and follow simple instructions?
- Does your child give you the idea he/she doesn’t like to wear diapers?
- Can your child pull down his/her pant and pull it up again without you helping?
- Can your child sit on and rise from a potty on his/her own
- Does your child stay dry for at least two hours during the day?
If you answered “Yes” to most of these questions, your child is probably ready. If you answered “No”, it is best to wait a little longer. Potty training is usually a lot easier and faster when your child is ready.