Potty Training Toddlers: Are They Ready
You are excited about getting rid of the diapers, but are you ready for the challenge that comes along with potty training toddlers? Potty training can be fairly easy as long as your child is ready. Toddlers have to be physically able, show bladder control,have the understanding, and be willing to try before they can be trained. This article is going to teach you things to look for to know your toddler is ready. These signs will help when potty training toddlers.
Many people start potty training toddlers between the ages of 18 months and 36 months, but chronological age does not determine when a child is ready. A toddler has to have some sort of bladder control before they can start being trained. They should be able to remain dry for two or more hours at a time. You might also notice that they can remain dry during their nap or through the night. This shows that their body is physiologically ready.
A child has to be physically able to go to the bathroom. They have to be able to walk to the bathroom and be able to pull their pants up and down so they can go. In the past some parents have claimed that their 12 month old is potty trained, when that child can barely walk. Is their baby really potty trained, or is the parent trained. For that reason, I believe there are physical requirements for potty training toddlers.
Another thing to look for when potty training toddlers is their understanding of the process. Watch for signs that show your child understands what they are doing. They may tell you when they are wet or poopy, and maybe even insist on being changed right away. That is a sure sign that they are ready. Some toddlers may ask to go potty after seeing someone else do it, or show interest in getting rid of the diaper. Showing interest is something to look for when potty training toddlers.
This brings me to the being willing aspect. Your toddler has to want to use the potty. Forcing them on the toilet with out their consent can make the process take much longer. When they show signs they are ready you should encourage them to try to use the potty, but never make them do something they are not physiologically ready to do. It can make for a traumatic experience which will discourage later tries. When potty training toddlers, you have to wait until they show you they are ready.
To sum it up, potty training toddlers does not have to be a challenge. Making sure that your toddler is really ready before starting can save a lot of time and frustration for everyone. Look for signs of bladder control, physical capabilities, understanding, and willingness before you start potty training toddlers.
Jennie has been an early childhood educator for more then 10 years and enjoys educating parents and children. Her website www.for-parents.com provides useful information for parents.