This week, the Triple P Team tackles the exciting (and messy) milestone of potty training.
If you have a toddler ready for potty training, the summer months can be a perfect time to “buckle down” and help your child learn how to use the toilet.
The biggest factor in potty training success is readiness. While you might be tired of diapers, many toddlers are are not physically and developmentally ready to potty train until around 2 1/2 or 3, but it’s not uncommon for others to take a little longer. Here are some signs to look out for:
- Your toddler can tell you that they are wet or soiled.
- Increased interest in bodily functions.
- Their diaper stays dry for 1 to 2 hour stretches.
- They show an interest in the potty, or a strong dislike of having a soiled diaper.
- Your toddler frequently pulls off their diaper.
- Bowel movements (BM) become predictable (For example, a BM in the morning).
Once it appears your toddler is developmentally ready for potty training, it will go more smoothly if you have a plan in place.
Pick a stretch of time when your family can stay home and your kiddo can run around either naked, in just pants (so they can feel when they are wet), or training underwear—choose based on your comfort level. Make sure any clothes they wear are loose and easy for your child to get on and off.
For more tips on selecting the right toddler toilet and other helpful tips, visit lanekids.org.
This article is brought to you by Parenting Now! Parenting Educators and authors Amanda Bedortha, Claire Davis, and Lynne Swartz and consultant Jay Thompson (andupdatemywebsite.com).
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