Is Your Baby Ready For Potty Training

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You`re getting tired of changing those diapers, aren`t you? It`s so great to be able to get your child out of diapers. But, when it comes to potty training, timing is everything. If you start when your child isn`t ready, it will just take longer.


by: Sarah Veda

You`re getting tired of changing those diapers, aren`t you? It`s so great to
be able to get your child out of diapers. But, when it comes to potty training,
timing is everything. If you start when your child isn`t ready, it will just take
longer. However, if you miss the right opportunity, your child may resist the
process more when you try later on. So, just how do you know when to begin?

First of all - forget what your mom told you about having you potty trained by
the time you were eighteen months old. She probably just had herself trained to
sit you on the toilet at regular intervals, which is not the same as being fully
potty trained. It`s really best not to even think about potty training until your
child is two. But, for most children, the right time will hit sometime between
the ages of two and three.

When your child is ready to begin potty training, he will show an interest. He
will begin to want to observe your toilet habits and will ask questions. Explain
that big people go to the potty instead of using a diaper. Even if it makes you
uncomfortable, let your child go to the bathroom with you and watch. If you have
a son, make sure Daddy is taking him to the bathroom with him, too. Daddy will
probably resist this, though I`m not really sure why, since public restrooms make
public urination a regular occurrence for the average male! There are several
good story books on the market about potty training that you can start reading
to him your child at this stage, to help encourage an interest in going potty.
There are books geared specifically to boys and those geared to girls, which is
helpful.

Another good sign that your child is ready for potty training is his ability
to pull his pants up and down by himself. If your child has mastered this step
of dressing, potty training will go much more smoothly.

Another important physical sign of potty training readiness is the frequency
with which your child urinates. If he is still wetting his diaper every half and
hour or so, he is not ready. But, if he`s going one to two hours between wet diapers,
then he is able to hold his urine, which is critical to being truly potty trained,
at any age.

If you think your child is ready for potty training, check out my article in
“Mommy to Mommy - the Truth About Taking Care Of Baby”, where I outline some potty
training strategies designed to make this developmental hurdle as painless as
possible, for you and the little one. You can pick up this book at http://www.educatedmother.com.
 
 

About The Author

Sarah Veda is a 41 year old wife and mother of two boys and one girl. She spent
many years as a manager in the corporate world, and gave it up to be a stay at
home mom. Go to
http://www.infantresources.com now and get her incredible baby minicourse - absolutely free



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