An important developmental milestone for parents and their toddlers is potty training. But what time is best to start? Potty training really depends on the willingness of the toddler, as well as a few other factors. Age is not a factor because every toddler is different and each potty training situation is unique. It is vital parents remember the two key factors to consider are their child’s emotional and physical readiness to be potty trained.
Some toddlers are ready around age 2, while others may not be open to the idea until they are 3 or 4. If you attempt to potty train your child too soon, he or she may resist the training, or take much longer to train. Ask yourself the following questions to see if it might be time to start potty training your child:
- Is your child able to follow and understand directions?
- Can your child communicate through words, facial expressions, or other movements when they have to go to the bathroom?
- Has your child expressed an interest in the toilet?
- Is your child asking for “big boy” underwear or “big girl” panties?
- Are you finding diapers remain dry for longer periods of time?
- Is your child attempting to change their own diaper when it is wet or dirty?
If you answered yes to most, or all of these questions, it is a good sign your child is ready to begin potty training. You will want to make a trip to a Toronto baby specialty store and let your child pick out their potty chair. If you answered no to at least half of the questions, it means you child is almost ready, but not yet.
Potential Potty Training Set Backs
Parents also need to aware of potential changes which could affect potty training efforts. Whenever toddlers are presented with major life changes, it can cause them to revert to what they are most comfortable with. For example, if you are planning a move to a new home or expect the arrival of another baby, both of these major life changes could impact potty training your toddler.
Your toddler could refuse to use the potty chair and wanting to remain in diapers. If this occurs, do not push or force your child if they do revert. Be patient with them and give them time. Eventually, they will be open to the idea of potty training again and more willing to participate.
In cases where these is a new baby brought into the home, your toddler will see the baby in diapers. They might think, if the baby gets to wear diapers and does not have to use the potty, why do I have to use the potty?
Plus, they see their parents spending more time with the new baby and think they will get more time with their parents by continuing to wear diapers, since their parents will have to change them when the diaper is wet or dirty. Again, do not push or force your toddler into potty training. Rather, remind them through encouragement that they are a big brother or big sister. Leave potty chairs out and accessible in the bathroom or areas where your child spends most of their time. Eventually, they will take in interest in the potty chair again and be ready to start potty training.
For all of your potty training needs, please feel free to stop by Apple Babies, your baby specialty store in Toronto, or give us a call at 416-546-8483. We carry a wide range of baby and toddler products, clothing, toys, carriers, car seats, strollers, and more!