When should I start toilet training my child?

I believe toilet training is mostly a decision parents need to make as soon as they as parents are ready.

A child will learn to do just about anything if the parent is wiling to teach. Think of the first time your child latched on to your breast or a bottle to eat. Think of the first time your child started walking.

A Toddler
Potty Training 
There are developmental stages in life however just like the need to eat and digest the food a child eats, the need to eliminate is there from the day a child is born. The saying "your child must be both physically and emotionally ready for toilet training" I believe is not true.

Toilet training my youngest daughter as an infant proved to me over and over the choice I have every day to either put her in diapers and allow her to soil her self while desensitizing or I could hold her and teach her that's ok to feel and eliminate.

Of course I chose to let her feel and teach her to eliminate. I am a proud mom and would like to share that my little Abbie was fully potty trained by four months old and once she learned to sit and crawl she would use the potty on her own.

With the use of diapers I need to agree with most experts who say most children are ready when they are between 22 and 30 months of age, although every child is different.

Potty training can becomes a long and frustrating process if you try to start it before your child is ready emotionally and physically once you have used diapers, however with the right amount of time and tools it can be done at any stage in your child's development.

Potty Training at 11 mo
Before a child can use the toilet, he/she must be able to control their bowel and bladder muscles.

Some signs of this control are having a dry diaper after a nap or for at least 2 hours at a time, having bowel movements around the same time each day and not having bowel movements at night.

For total independence a child should also be able to climb, talk, remove clothing, and have mastered other basic motor skills before they can use the toilet by themselves, and until then a parent should be willing to offer support.

I believe most children are physically ready to toilet train before they are emotionally ready.

Your child must want to use the toilet and be willing to cooperate with you. He or she may even talk about being a "big boy" or "big girl" and wearing underpants rather than diapers.

Training generally does not go well if your child is in the stage where "no" is his or her automatic response to every request, however giving it enough time will create not only a bond it will also create trust and follow the leader game will have a brand new meaning.

When did you start potty training and how did it go?

Adriana Vermillion is the Founder and CEO of P.O.T.T."Y" Generation®, The Potty Whisperer™, a Lead Trainer and Parenting Coach with over sixteen years of experience in potty training special needs children and coaching parents. Adriana is a freelance writer, author and a frequent motivational speaker available for your event at www.adrianavermillion.com

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