When it comes to potty training, most parents are offered a lot of advice from their pediatrician and well-intentioned friends and family members. Many people suggest that toddlers are ready to start potty training as early as 18 months old, while others say that kids aren’t ready until they are closer to 2 years old or older. Whatever the case may be, parents should bear in mind that all children are unique and respond to this new adventure differently.
Unfortunately, toddlers cannot tell their parents when they are ready to start this new venture. However, there are clear signs that indicate a child’s readiness for potty training. WebMD says that there are physical signs that children show when they are receptive to potty training.
Some of the physical signs to look for are:
There are other signs to look for concerning potty training readiness as well. The next set of signs are referred to behavioral signals and include:
Sometimes parents have alternative motives to start the potty training process earlier than usual because changes may be happening within the family. For example, maybe a new baby is arriving soon, and parents don’t want both children to be in diapers, or perhaps a parent is returning to work. If the little one attends a daycare program, many want the child to be potty trained. Whatever the reason, the decision is up to the parents.
Some children are potty trained within a couple of months, while other kids experience the potty training routine for a year or more. The most important thing to remember is that in most cases, parents who rush the potty training process usually experience adverse results which causes delay and frustration all around. Also, keep in mind that many children relapse during this process. This is normal, and it doesn’t last long. Eventually, kids will get back into the potty training process. So, take this new avenue with ease, and be patient. Relax, and make this experience as positive as possible and all will be well.