When Is It Time to Potty Train?
Many parents are unsure just when to begin potty training their children. The truth is that there is no one single time that is ideal for every child. Most children are ready for potty training sometime between 24 and 30 months of age. To be successful, your toddler must be able to easily walk to the potty and have enough awareness to know when they need to go and communicate that need with you. Your child may be ready to potty train if he or she tells you when they are about to go to the bathroom or begins to feel uncomfortable in dirty or wet diapers. If your child has dry diapers for at least two hours of time consistently during the day, he or she may be showing signs of readiness. Ask your pediatrician for advice about when to begin potty training.
Do I Need a Potty Chair?
In order to succeed with potty training, children need a toilet that is simple for them to use. Potty chairs and seats
can help promote an easier potty training process.
How Do Portable Potties Work?
One option is to purchase a portable potty chair. These child-sized toilets can be placed anywhere in your home, so that they are easily accessible to your little one. The main drawback of a portable potty chair is that you will need to empty and clean it after every use.
Potty Seat and Step Stool
If you prefer a solution that does not require frequent cleaning, you can purchase a special seat to place over your toilet. The seat will help to keep your child comfortable while sitting. A potty stool can be used to make it easier for your child to reach the seat. Some models include a seat and a stool in a single piece that is installed on the toilet. Keep in mind that adults and older children in your home will likely need to remove the potty seat or use a different toilet.
Pull-Ups and Potty Training
Accidents often occur during potty training, as it can take time for children to develop bladder and bowel control. Using Pull-Ups
can help to make dealing with accidents easier for you both. These diapers fit and feel more like underwear, allowing children to get in the habit of pulling their pants up and down when it is time to use the toilet. If your child does have an accident, the diaper will still absorb the mess and can be thrown away for simple cleanup like an ordinary diaper. To address bed-wetting problems during potty training, you can purchase ultra-absorbent nighttime pull-up diapers. Manufacturers make these in small and large sizes to accommodate the needs of all kids. back to top »