Are there potty training signs that parents should look for as a guideline for when to potty train their little one?
Based on my research, there is not specific age at which parents should start working with kids on the toilet and weaning them from diapers, but there ARE some things to look for to help you determine readiness to learn this process.
Basically, children need to be demonstrating independence and an interest in being independent, or in being “a big kid.” They also need to have the physical maturity and the cognitive capabilities to understand instruction and communicate well enough what they are doing. (More on this in a moment.)
Parents can start trying to get their children out of diapers earlier, but the general age --- assuming that physical and cognitive readiness – is anywhere between 1 1/2 months to 2 1/2 to 3 years old. If parents start earlier than this typical potty training age and their kids are not ready, instead of making the process end faster, it could actually prolong the process and lead to potty training resistance. Therefore, consider the overall readiness of your child, as well as your readiness before you start!
So what are some signs that your child is ready?
Once you feel that your child has shown you potty training signs that indicate that he / she is ready, get yourself ready to help him / her. Store up a little patience, and remember to stay positive through the process and celebrate the wins. Know that there WILL be day wetting during this process, but it all while you're on the road to getting your little guy or girl diaperless!
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The Potty Book for Boys
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The Potty Book for Girls