Hi all, I am reposting this for the benefit of our new members and because we would like to continue the discussion with tips on how to potty train over the next few days.
Potty training should not depend on exactly how old a child is. Children develop at different rates. So potty training should depend on the child’s physical development and behavior milestones.
Some children are ready for potty training between ages 18 and 24 months while others might not be ready until they’re closer to 36 months. Please study your child and try not to compare him/her to other babies because rushing and trying to train a child who is not ready could actually traumatize the child and then it will take longer to train him.
Readiness for toilet training also has nothing to do with his or her level of intelligence or whether or not you are a good parent.
So how do you know when your child is ready to be potty trained? Here are a few tips:
• Can your child walk to and sit on a toilet?
• Can your child pull down his or her pants and pull them up again?
• Can your child stay dry for up to two hours?
• Can your child understand and follow basic directions?
• Can your child communicate when he or she needs to go?
• Does your child seem interested in using the toilet or wearing “big-kid” underwear?
If the answer to most of these questions is yes, then your child is ready. If the answer to more than half of the questions is no, please be patient. Wait and use the time to train him or her in those things that will help get her/him ready.
Also, I know parents who are pregnant with another baby might be anxious to potty train their toddlers before the birth of the new baby. However, this is unfair to the toddler if she/he is not yet ready.
Children are more sensitive than we realize. Forcing a child to be toilet trained in order to prepare for a new baby might make the toddler feel alienated from you and even resent the new baby.