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Tips for Toddlers

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When to Toilet Train

Tips for Toddlers

As your baby approaches one year of age you may be asking - will baby be ready for toilet training soon? Probably not. Many parents are anxious to leave the stage of diapers behind, but be patient.

Child development research shows the average child is not fully toilet trained until 1 1/2 to 3 years of age. Some take longer. Night-time control takes until 3 to 4 years-old. Your child must be ready before he can start to be toilet trained.

Learning to use the toilet is a complicated task. Your child must:

  • understand what you want her to do.
  • feel when she is about to urinate or have a bowel movement before she actually does it.
  • be able to tell you in words that she needs to go.
  • get into the bathroom.
  • undo clothing, including snaps and zippers.
  • sit on the toilet and relax.

Sometimes a child goes on the potty once or twice by accident, and then parents feel that she is being disobedient on purpose when she won't do it again. You can avoid a lot of problems by waiting until your child is ready. Probably after her second birthday. Your child will want to stay dry and toilet training will go much more smoothly for both of you.

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