Potty training a child

 
Contributed by : Asha Lalwani, Dr Heena Hasan   
Potty training a child

Potty training can usually start between 18 to 24 months of age. Look for the indications which your child gives, it will help you identify when the child is ready for potty training.

Potty training can usually start between 18 to 24 months of age. But, do not take stress if the child doesn’t learn, it may take time and there is no perfect age to start potty training. Just mark these indications that shows your child is ready for potty training:

  • Child is asking questions about toilet
  • Child talking about potty seats
  • The child may be talking about underwear

Ask these questions to yourself before you start potty training:

  • Can my child sit on a potty seat and get back up without my help?
  • Can my child follow basic instructions?
  • Can my child tell me when it's time to go for potty?
  • Can my child pull down diapers or underwear without my help?
  • Is the diaper dry for at least 2 hours?

If the answer to the above questions is yes, then your child is ready for potty training.

These suggestions may help to identify when the child indicates to go to the washroom:

  • Start noticing the face when the child wants to pee or poop, check the red face and grunting sounds or if the child indicated by touching their pants.
  • Notice the time when the child goes for potty and pee. This will help to establish routine for potty.
  • Praise your child when they indicate it correctly and do not wet the pants.
  • Potty time should be want-to instead of have-to, do not push your child even when they do not feel the urge of going to the washroom.



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