How to begin Potty Training

by: Courtney Turner

Signs of Readiness

Physical Signs: Urinates a fair amount at one time, has "dry" periods of at least two hours or during naps, which shows that his bladder muscles are developed enough to hold urine.

Behavioral signs: Can sit down quietly in one position for two to five minutes, can pull his pants up and down, dislikes the feeling of wearing a wet or dirty diaper, takes pride in his accomplishments, isn't resistant to learning to use the toilet. Has words for urine and stool, can follow simple instructions.

Parental Reasons to being Potty training

It helps parents have time to there selfs and not have to worry about changing a diaper every few hours.

Optimal time to start potty training

Most children are ready between 22 - 30 months of age, but if your child is not ready then it can become a long frustrating process.

Muscle control

Muscle control is important because before they start potty training they have to control their bowel and bladder muscles. Some signs of control are having bowel movements around the same time each day, not having bowel movements at night, and also having a dry diaper after a nap or for at least 2 hours at a time. Children must also to climb, talk, remove clothing and have mastered other basic motor skills before using a toilet by themselves.

Self Dressing

Helps them know how to pull up and down their pants.

Encouragement

The child needs to feel confident for what they have done so they can continue to do it more and feel positive about it.

Bowel or Bladder

Bladder control comes first. It's easier to control bladder than bowel. Naturally bladder comes first and then it moves to bowel.