Potty training and accidents

Don’t reprimand or punish in events of "accidents". It will take them some time to master this whole toilet-training business.

M&M bribes

Use Mini M&Ms ad bribes – Promise that each time your kid goes potty, she gets two or three, but if she wipes herself then she gets four or five.

Reinforce Toilet Training before school

Depending on the program, some preschools require three-year-olds to be potty trained by the first day of school, some don’t. Check with your school and then move ahead with your plan.

Averages for potty training

In the 1940s, the average age for potty training was 18 months. Averages today, according to a 2001 study, show baby boys in the United States give up diapers at 39 months and girls at 35 months.

Potty Training in the media

Despite all the articles on toilet training in the popular media, very few scientific studies have addressed the issue of how best to potty train a child, and isn’t backed up by scientific evidence.

Potty training and following direction

Potty training is a process with many steps – recognizing the urge, locating potty, pulling down pants, wiping…– it’s essential that your child will be able to remember.

When to know when tots are ready for toilet training

Signs child may be ready for potty training include having a bowel movement at about the same time every day, & understanding potty terms (wet, dry, pee, poop, dirty).

Caution during potty training

It only takes one painful BM to cause your child to be frightened of using the potty, so at all costs, make sure his/her diet has sufficient fresh fruits, vegetables and juice.

Easy access when potty training

Time between acknowledging a need to go and getting to toilet needs to be quick, dress toddler in easy to unbutton clothes.

Setbacks in potty training

There may be times during training when children accidentally go in their diapers or training pants. Try to pick up child’s spirits with encouragement that she will get better with practice.

Practicing Potty Training

Encourage toddler go through same steps when going potty like removing underpants, sitting down, releasing bladder, wiping up, flushing & washing of hands.

When to begin toilet training.

Toilet train your child from 18 mos to 4 years. Anything earlier is likely a waste of time as tots below that age has no or little control over the bladder and bowel movements

When is your toddler ready for potty training?

Toddler is ready for potty training by observing: a) Bowel movements are predictable b) Stay dry for at least 2-3 hours c)Ability to understand and perform simple instructions

Be open minded when toilet training

When toilet training your toddler be patient and open minded. Accept that toilet training a toddler may take a long time and there may be many setbacks along the way. Be patient during setbacks could booster your child’s confidence.

Right age for potty training

Most children are ready to potty train at age two; however the range of readiness for toilet training spans from eighteen months all the way to four years of age.

When it’s right for toilet training

Does your toddler show signs of wanting to do more things for themselves such as pulling up their own pants? They may be ready for toilet training.

Bringing swim diaper backup

Even if your wee one is potty trained, if you’re going somewhere warm and wonderful, be sure to bring a washable swim diaper. Nobody wants pee pee in the pool.

Bedwetting Tip

Reduce those late-night sheet changes during potty training by layering the bed with a regular sheet, a plastic sheet, and a regular sheet. This way all you have to do is remove a layer of the regular and plastic sheets, allowing everyone can get back to sleep quickly.

Toilet Training

You’ll know your child is ready for toilet training when he or she can express and understand one-word statements, including such words as “wet,” “dry,” “potty,” and “go.”

Potty Training Tip

If you toddler stays dry for at least 2 hours at a time, and has regular bowel movements it may be time to start toilet training.