Quick Facts About Potty Training
Potty training can be natural, easy, and peaceful. The first step is to know the facts.
- The perfect age to begin potty training is different for every child. Your child's best starting age could be anywhere from eighteen to thirty-two months. Pre-potty training preparation can begin when a child is as young as ten months.
- You can begin training at any age, but your child's biology, skills, and readiness will determine when he can take over his own toileting.
- Teaching your child how to use the toilet can, and should, be as natural as teaching him to build a block tower or use a spoon.
- No matter the age that toilet training begins, most children become physically capable of independent toileting between ages two and a half and four.
- It takes three to twelve months from the start of training to daytime toilet independence. The more readiness skills that a child possesses, the quicker the process will be.
- The age that a child masters toileting has absolutely no correlation to future abilities or intelligence.
- There isn't only one right way to potty train—any approach you use can work—if you are pleasant, positive and patient.
- Nighttime dryness is achieved only when a child's physiology supports this—you can't rush it.
- A parent's readiness to train is just as important as a child's readiness to learn.
- Potty training need not be expensive. A potty chair, a dozen pairs of training pants and a relaxed and pleasant attitude are all that you really need. Anything else is truly optional.
- A child's diet will affect his toileting patterns. Adequate daily liquids, plus a healthy diet containing fruit, vegetables and whole grains, will make elimination easier – which in turn makes potty training easier.
- Ample daily exercise ensures that your child's stool is moved through her system easily. Lack of movement can cause constipation and potty training problems.
- Most toddlers urinate four to eight times each day, usually about every two hours or so.
- Most toddlers have one or two bowel movements each day, some have three, and others skip a day or two in between movements. In general, each child has a regular pattern.
- Accidents are expected during training—it's a normal part of the learning process. These will decrease over time.
- More than 80 percent of children experience setbacks in toilet training. This means that what we call "setbacks" are really just the usual path to mastery of toileting.
- Ninety-eight percent of children are completely daytime independent by age four.
- Parents set the pace for toilet training. A positive attitude and kind patience can make potty training easy and fun!
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