As a general rule, you can only begin potty training kids when they are physically and emotionally ready for it. In most cases, kids who are about 22 to 30 months old may be toilet-trained, although others may be a bit more delayed. So, how can you tell the right time to potty-train your kids? What are the different signs of readiness for toilet training? Whether you are a new parent or not, these practical tips on toilet training kids can help you achieve the results you expect with less stress on you and your kids.
Right Time to Potty -Train Kids
Kids are considered as potty-trained when they are aware of the right time to use the bathroom and can climb onto the toilet with minimal help. According to psychologists, girls are trained at about 36 months of age while boys may be fully trained when they are 38 months old. Kids who are about 4 or 5 years old may need some help with wiping after using the toilet or when going to public restrooms. However, when they are already 5 or 6, they may be able to use the bathroom and clean themselves independently.
It is important to note that kids undergo a readiness phase to use the toilet, which varies from one child to another. Thus, you must look for physical and emotional signs to determine whether you can start toilet training your little ones. Stress and major changes in the household can have a huge impact on kids during this phase of their life. With this in mind, you may have to postpone your plans of training them when there is a significant change in your family’s usual setup such as a divorce, a move, or similar events.
Physical and Emotional Signs of Readiness
Kids are physically ready to use the potty when they have good muscle control over their bladder and bowel, which usually occurs when they are about 19 or 20 months old. Squatting and certain facial expressions may express their awareness of passing stool or urine. Additionally, you may notice that their diapers stay dry even after they wake up from a nap, and they no longer soil their diapers during the night. Most importantly, an evident sign that your kids are ready for toilet training is when they express verbally that they need to go to the bathroom.
Although your kids may show physical signs of readiness for toilet training, you need to make sure that they are emotionally ready for it. Your kids must have the desire to cooperate with you as you train them to use the potty on their own. Some signs of your kids’ emotional readiness include their desire to stay tidy and neat. They may also seem interested and curious when they see people using the bathroom. Furthermore, your kids may inform you when their diapers are dirty, and they’ll request for cleaner ones to wear. Lastly, they may be vocal about their interest in using the potty, and they may ask you to start making them wear underpants.
Try not to get too excited when your kids show any of these emotional or physical signs. Sometimes, kids may only get excited and curious about using the toilet, yet they may end up losing interest even before they are fully trained.
Before you begin training your kids, buy a potty that they can call their own. This makes it less daunting for them since some toddlers have fears of falling into a full-sized toilet. Such anxieties tend to interfere with toilet training, so you need to reassure them that the entire process is completely safe.
You will also notice that your little ones may not do quite as well when you toilet-train them at the start. In fact, there are some kids who may want to wear their used diapers again or avoid using the toilet. However, this does not indicate that you’ve failed in training them. These situations only mean that you will have to ease up and delay the training process for a while until your kids are fully capable of using the toilet by themselves.