Toilet Training Made Easy
Some children are ready to be toilet trained by 18 months of age, others by 24 months and most by 30 months. Toilet training done in a loving way is fine at any of these times. Toilet training is a gradual process that takes from 2 weeks to 2 months. In general, it involves 4 steps:
- First: Purchase a potty chair. Make it clear that this is your child's special chair. Put his name on it. Help him sit on it for fun activities such as snack time or reading.
- Second: Encourage practice runs to the potty. But suggest these only when your child gives a body signal that he's holding back urine or stool.
- Third: Praise your child for any success. Let him call Grandma and Dad. Keep the whole process fun and upbeat.
- Fourth: Change your child immediately following any accidents. Say something like, "You wanted to go peepee in the potty, but you went in your pants. Don't worry, you're going to get better at this." And avoid punishment or pressure of any kind. Forcing your child to sit on the potty chair against his will always makes things worse.
- Finally: Once your child spontaneously walks over and uses his potty, you can stop the practice runs. He just figured it out.
If you have any questions about toilet-training, consult your healthcare provider
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D. FAAP
Last Review: 6/1/2008
Last Revised: 6/1/2000
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