Potty Training

Is your child ready? by Devan Hainsey

When is the optimal time?

At about 2-2 1/2 years old.

Why is muscle control important?

Because the child has to be able to hold their waste until they can make it to a toilet.

Parental reasons for beginning toilet training

The parent does't want to change diapers anymore.

What role does encouragement play?

Encouragement helps the child feel proud of using the potty and they want to be praised.

What is the child saying?

If the child indicates through posture, facial expressions, or words they need to use the bathroom

What role does self-dressing play in the process?

The child needs to be able to take their clothes off so they can use the bathroom on their own eventually.