What’s The Best Age To Begin Potty
Knowing when to start potty training is a very common concern amongst the majority of parents. A healthy child is usually not physically or emotionally ready to start using a potty until they are between 18 months and 36 months old. Boys tends to become potty ready several months later then girls. Most parent begin potty training their children when they are between 2 and 3 years old. However, there is no particular age at which you should begin potty training your child. You also don’t need to start potty training your child if you and your child don’t feel ready just yet.
Toddlers copy behavior of others even without requiring any instructions from parents/teachers. Usually from siblings or while at daycare. As long as he or she knows what needs to be done and where it needs to be done, sometimes that is all that is required to initiate the willingness to start toilet training. But you cannot force a child to start using the potty if he or she does not want too or shows the desire to learn. In addition, you need to ensure that your child is ready to begin potty training.
Some parents even begin potty training their child before they even are 4 months old. This is a method that is known as Elimination Communication (EC). Which is basically using intuition and precision timing to essentially catch the babies poop and wee. This method takes time and practice to learn your babies digestion times.
The term Elimination Communication was coined by author Ingrid Bauer who saw first hand the process of EC whilst in India and Africa. Mothers carrying babies around without any diapers or cloth nappies whatsoever. This method is growing in popularity in the US, mostly due to saving a bucket load of cash in diapers.
Ingrid writes about this method and how she implemented it in her book: Diaper Free! The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene.
When Potty Training Fails
When you start potty training, you need to exercise lots of patience. During the process, accidents are bound to happen. Frustrating as this is, just remember that this is part of the learning process. When an accident happens, be calm and assist your child in changing the wet clothes.
You also need to let your child become aware that an accident has occurred. Allow the child to realize that he/she has wet themselves before changing their clothes. Otherwise, your child may think that wetting themselves is acceptable and not learn a thing. This is because they think you are going to change his nappy/shorts just like normal, without realizing what they have done.
If your child wets themselves during the night, try and keep it low key and just go about cleaning the mess up. Change the sheets if needed, then put bub back to bed. Try not to become frustrated. Treat the incident the same way you would handle a situation where your child spills milk on the tiles. Telling off your child or punishing them isn’t really going to help the situation. Especially during the night when the little one isn’t really in the mood to be taught a lesson. Is anyone really that coherent after being woken up in the middle of the night anyway?. I know I’m not, far from it actually.
How Old Is Your Child That You Want OUT Of Diapers?
Feel free to leave your thoughts on what age you think one should begin potty training or what age is your soon to be toilet trained little one?