We recently received this email from our friends at Child Care Credentialing and Consulting, and we thought that those of you going through the potty training transition period might find it helpful!!
Tips on potty training:
Does it seem like every other kid on the block is potty trained except for yours? Don't freak out. While most children are ready to start toilet training when they are between 22 and 30 months, every child is different. So Dr. Levine suggests that you let your child decide when he or she is ready. "The whole point of teaching your child to use the toilet is to transfer th...e responsibility of realizing it's time to go from you to him," says Dr. Levine. "If you start too early and become the 'potty police' asking your child every 20 minutes if he has to go, what's the point?"
Wait until your child is developmentally ready and self-motivated and the process will go much more easily. And whatever you do, remain calm: If your child senses stress, a power struggle might ensue, warns Dr. Levine and that can lead to your child chronically withholding stool which can be very painful.
But what if your child has to be potty trained for preschool? Find a different school, recommends Dr. Levine. "If you try to speed up the process, you'll probably end up slowing it down," she says. "When your child potty trains is not a measure of his or her intelligence," says Dr. Levine. In a study published in the journal Pediatrics, of the children who started training between 22 and 30 months of age, boys were fully trained at an average age of 38 months, while girls were trained slightly earlier, around 36 months.
Still, there are those few children that will resist the potty. According to the AAP, if your child is 4 years old and refuses to use the toilet during the day, you should consult your pediatrician. It's possible that your child might have a physical issue -- such as weak bladder muscles or a urinary tract infection -- or a developmental delay that is prohibiting her from progressing in potty training. Before you begin enforcing a potty training boot camp, keep in mind that few children continue to wet their pants during the daytime once they go to kindergarten, points out Levine. "The humiliation of having an accident in front of the whole class is usually enough to get the most stubborn children to accept the potty," she says. "Peer pressure, in this case, can be very beneficial."
Here are the main cues that your kid is ready to try the potty:
Your child tells you when she needs a diaper change.
Your child tells you before she is going.
Your child stays dry for 2 hours straight in a diaper.
Your child asks to wear underwear.
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