When Do You Start Potty Training?
For parents, potty training is something that we all have to contend with. It can be tricky to master for both parent and toddler but it doesn’t have to last for weeks and weeks. In fact, if done correctly a toddler can be fully potty trained in just one week. Personally I think that is a little optimistic so two weeks is probably more realistic. Whatever happens there must be a level of readiness displayed by your toddler before you can begin the potty training process.
Simply put, if your toddler is not ready to begin potty training you will have a huge task on your hands if you try to force them into it. Even when your toddler is ready to begin their journey from diaper to potty you will have to show complete tolerance and patience with them as their understanding develops. Most toddlers start potty training from 18 months.
So, when should you start potty training? There are around seven signs to look for that your toddler is ready to start potty training. Those signs are: they are over 18 months old, their diaper is still dry after a couple of hours (or they wake up from a daytime nap dry), they show an awareness that they are doing a pee or a poop even saying the words and pointing to their diaper, they try to help dress and undress themselves, they can point to and name some of their body parts, they can occupy themselves while sat still for 5 – 10 minutes with little fuss.
If your toddler shows some of these signs but not all then you should probably wait until they are just a little older. Babies and toddlers develop so quickly so you will not have to wait long until their time comes. If your toddler is showing all of these signs then they are probably ready to start potty training. The plan that I followed to potty train my daughter in just over one week is described at www.totsandtoddlers.net (How to Potty Train A Toddler in Just One Week).
Now you see the signs that your child is ready to take the leap, you should probably consider what you are going to need in order to make the coming week(s) as trouble free as possible. Here is a brief list of just some items that may make your lives easier in the short term.
Two potties – having a potty within easy reach makes mishaps and accidents less likely. If you have two floors to your home, keep a potty upstairs and one downstairs.
Cheap pants – get lots of them because there will be accidents and it is not worth worrying about constantly cleaning underwear that becomes soiled; if they are that bad they can be trashed and you can get some more.
Toddler toilet seats – in place of a potty, or when one is no longer needed, you can use a toddler toilet seat so they can sit comfortably. There are toilet seats available to buy that combine an adult seat with a smaller child seat within it.
Wipes – anti-bacterial for cleaning and flushable following a successful moment. There is no more important time than right now to be keeping your toilet and potty clean. Little hands will wander and touch things they shouldn’t so protect them and you by wiping clean after every use. Flushable wipes are ideal for wiping your toddler because they can be flushed away down the toilet along with the rest of the contents. Most regular wipes are not suitable for flushing and could clog your pipes.
The best advice I can give you, from my recent experience is to read about how you should approach potty training, decide on which method suits you then be prepared. Most of all be patient and encouraging toward your toddler. It’s a difficult time for them as well as you.