One of the most essential components that is missing from most parents’ regime in potty training their girls is to wait until the toddler is ready to be trained. There will be certain clear signals that show whether a child is ready to undergo this process or not. Until then, you could be the most patient or persistent parent and yet your kid will still be unable to master their bladder control.
Why is that so? Before a toddler reaches a full year of age, he or she would not have developed sufficient muscles in order to control their bowels or their bladder. Even once they have the physical characteristics to do so, there will still be some mental requirements necessary before it would be wise to proceed with the training process. Otherwise, their learning process will be stumped or they might even turn to hate it if you push them too hard. In fact, there’s no rush in doing this because most kids are only fully trained when they are 3 years old. Some might take even longer (up to 5 years of age) depending on how the parents proceed to train them.
Nonetheless, here’s an excellent checklist of signs of readiness that should give you a pretty good idea when you should begin potty training:
1. Physical Readiness
If your baby girl has the ability to walk in a steady manner, that’s a good sign of muscle control. She should also have the capability of taking naps without wetting or pooping in her diapers for up to an hour. This shows that her muscles are sufficiently developed around the bladder to withstand the urge to urinate constantly.
If you find that your daughter can remove or put on her own pants, that shows that she’s becoming mature enough to start learning how to use the potty. Additionally, if she wets or poops in her diapers and she wants to change out of them without you having to tell her to, you can take this opportunity to educate her further on the subject of urination and pooping and how she should do it in a potty instead.
It is also more likely than not that your daughter will have watched either you or your spouse use the bathroom. If she wishes to follow you to the toilet or if she asks about it, that also indicates sufficient interest to initiate the training process.
Girls are almost always easier to teach compared to boys when it comes to potty training so you can probably start teaching her as soon as you see any or a combination of the above signals. Of course, if she finds it difficult to follow your instructions or if she refuses to use the potty, don’t force it onto her. Instead, leave her be for the moment until she shows other signs of readiness.