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Potty Training Readiness

Welcome to what will be the first in a series.

By
Cherylyn Feierabend,
April 27, 2007
Episode #012

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Hey There! You’re listening to the Mighty Mommy with some Quick and Dirty Tips for Practical Parenting. Today’s Topic: Is It Time To Go? Tips To Determine If Your Child Is Ready For Potty Training.

Welcome to what will be the first in a series of potty training-related episodes. This episode will focus on the signs of potty training readiness. I believe it’s important to be sure your child is ready for the process before you begin potty training. There are several indicators to look out for when making this determination. Many different doctors and authors have published lists of what they believe to be the main signs of potty training readiness. I have gathered what I feel is a comprehensive list of the most agreed upon factors, and I’d like to share these with you.

The first and most obvious clue that your child is ready to start training will be the child showing interest in using the potty. This is even better if your child is telling you that they want to use the potty. Other clues may be much less obvious.

There is no set age at which you should begin potty training. Most experts state that your child’s body may not be physically ready to start potty training until about 18 month of age. It’s my belief that your child needs to lead in his own training. Starting to train your child before he is ready may ultimately cause you to be in training longer than if you wait until the child is fully ready. In other words, starting earlier doesn’t always mean ending earlier. Your child will be ready when he’s ready, and you cannot control when that will be. You can, however, encourage readiness by showing a positive attitude toward using the bathroom and reminding your child the he can start using the potty whenever he wants.

Signs of Potty Training Readiness

There are several physical signs of potty training readiness. If your child’s diaper is staying dry for longer periods of time, such as two hours or more, it shows that his body is becoming capable of delaying urination. Another sign to look for is regularly scheduled bowel movements each day. They may never be completely the same day after day, but it is common for them to become part of a child’s routine. When your child shows discomfort because of a soiled diaper or begins grunting or reacting to relieving himself in his diaper, this shows that he recognizes that something is occurring. Now he can begin understanding these events and start relating them to using the potty instead of his diaper. If your child starts removing his diaper and clothing, this is good clue that he’s ready to start using the potty.

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