Potty Training

Signs of readiness for toilet training - Jessica Prewitt

Signs of readiness: what is the child saying?

Physical signs: Is coordinated enough to walk, and even run, steadily, urinates a fair amount at one time, has regular, well-formed bowel movements at relatively predictable times, and 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, shows interest in others' bathroom habits, and isn't resistant to learning to use the toilet.

Cognitive: Understands the physical signals that mean he has to go and can tell you before it happens or even hold it until he has time to get to the potty, and the child tells you they have to go.

Why potty train?

Potty training allows the parents to not change diapers any more and allows the child to become more independent and mature. Also it gives the parent more time to themselves.

Which training comes first: bowel or bladder?

Bladder and bowel control usually develops in the following sequence. First bowel movements become more regular and less frequent. Next, bowel control develops. Then day-time bladder control emerges. Finally, children gain full night time bladder control

When is the optimal time?

Most commonly potty training starts at 22-30 months of age, but the child's timing timing timing everything. The child as to be open and ready with the concept of training before you start, look for signs of readiness.