When to Start Potty Training
Frequently asked questions about When to Start Potty Training
– Is Potty training the same thing as Toilet training?
The two terms mean essentially the same thing. Some parents refer to the term toilet training when talking about using a seat that attaches to the full size toilet. Potty training girls or potty training boys can be also be done with a stand alone potty.
– At what age can you toilet-train / potty-train your child?
Opinions differ about the best age to start potty-training. For babies it is best to begin to look for the signs after 15 months of age, assuming they are no longer crawling and can walk to the bathroom. If they can’t get up from tummy time and get themselves to the bathroom, you may need to wait a little longer. It is advised to NOT start too early, before they are ready. To know what signs to look for that signal when to start potty training, please check out the Free Readiness Survey.
– Can a child start potty-training at any point once they are ready?
It is best to carve out time for potty training toddlers. The process of how to potty train is a critical one. Taking an approach of trial and error puts a child at a disadvantage. It sets them up to fail and creates an environment of frustration and chaos. It is vital to have a system and a plan. Potty training aids can help as can a potty training dvd. The top potty training system, BeDiaperFree.com, contains all the required materials.
– Can a child really be affected by poor potty training?
Doctors caution against creating issues with the child if not done properly. Dr. Barton Schmitt warns, “Toilet training done badly can lead to medical complications, including dysfunctional voiding, constipation and impaction.”
The U.S. Administration for Children and Families studies kids that experience emotional effects from stressful, chaotic potty training. They find that this “can translate into issues with self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and relationship problems.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents to have a plan and use “a loving and gentle approach.”
– What products are needed to successfully potty train your toddler?
- It is important to have a plan and a system. They normally range from $25-$40. The best selling program on the market is the BeDiaperFree system. With it you get the Video, Audio, and Print versions of the system. You also get Potty Training Charts and reward charts which are used to track progress and reward your child.
- A potty training chart can be very basic or can be elaborate. The important thing is to actually use it.
- You will either need a potty training toilet or a potty training toilet seat. Sometimes the product is called a potty chair.
- You may need potty training steps if you plan on having your child use the adult toilet. They range from $20-$35.
- You will need kid friendly hand soap. This is a time of developing good habits with your child. Having soap that is non irritating will help.
- The child will need big kid underwear. Since the goal is to bring excitement to the process, it is a good idea to let them pick out their own underwear, featuring different colors, patterns, and themes. The more comfortable and involved they are in the process the better the chance of success. For more details on this please check out the BeDiaperFree System.
- Many parents like to have On Potty Activities for their child. This can include books, games, etc. Making the potty a fun zone can get the child comfortable with potty training.
– Disposable pull ups or cloth potty training pants?
There is a debate about the use of diaper like training pants during potty training. Since they are closer to underwear than diapers, the thought process is that they are good to use for potty training.
The reality, though, is that potty training is a process of getting the child out of diapers and into regular underwear. Because pull ups are so diaper like, they tend to slow the potty training process down.
The child is supposed to be taught that pee and poo go in the toilet. Moving them off of diapers reinforces this.
Pull ups can confuse the child, leaving them thinking, “Why go to the potty when I can go in my diaper and get back to playing?”
While parents do not want to clean up “accidents” that occur during the potty training, the mess of the accidents show the child the consequence of NOT making it to the toilet.
Parents see potty training taking much longer using Pull ups and other disposable diaper like products.
Cloth training pants on the other hand allow for protection against the “accidents” while also allowing the child to feel the mess and the consequence of not making it to the potty. The process can then be made into regular big kid underwear.
A review of the popular cloth potty training underwear can be found here.
A review of the popular disposable potty training pants can be found here
– How long should potty training take?
Each child is different and will handle potty training in their own way. Some parents can get it done in 3 days while others can drag the process on. The key to a successful potty training is having a roadmap and system to follow. Obviously the first step is to make sure the child is ready. Some of the signs are easy to spot, while others take some observation. The next step is to get something to help as a guide. A guide is important because, since each child is different, they need to be trained in the way that works best for them. BeDiaperFree.com can be that guide for you and your child. It is recommended that time be set aside for potty training. It is common, with a proven system and child centered focus, to be successful over a long weekend.
– How do I handle potty training at night?
The process is a little different. It is most important to first make sure they have consistent daytime dryness before worrying about nighttime potty training. Taking them to the potty as often as possible is critical as well. Check out our full write up on potty training at night.
– What if my child is special needs?
For special circumstances it is advisable to speak to your doctor to come up with a plan. Special assistance is often available for your child’s specific situation. Successful potty training for special needs children is common with the proper resources.
– Is potty training permanent?
It is common for a child to experience potty training regression. There are many possible explanations for this and often it is just a temporary reaction to a stressor or life change. Potty training is something that is learned and like other learned skills, can need reinforcement and focus.
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