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Is Your Toddler Ready For The Potty?

by T Akery | July 29th, 2011 | Helpful Hints, Infants/Toddlers

Potty training is seen as one of the major milestones of a toddler. It is a thrill when they finally figure out that the potty is a friend instead of a thing to throw toys in. Potty training is one of those things where every toddler is different. For some toddlers, it is very easy to get the hang of. For others, it can be a very difficult challenge. The biggest question for parents is whether or not their child is ready to tackle this challenge.

First of all, removing their diaper is not necessarily a sign that they are ready. Ditching the diaper is more about running around in the buff than any real interest in the potty. Taking off their diaper in the bathroom is a sign that they might be ready to try.

Another sign is a the appearance of a dry diaper after nighttime and nap time. It shows they have more of an ability to hold their bladder during times they are sleeping. Look for dry diapers that occur more than a couple of nights, though.

Talking about the potty is a very good sign that they are ready. This shows that they understand the basic fundamentals of what else besides toys should go in the potty. If they can verbalize it, they can begin the process.

Imitating the motions of going pottery is something to watch for. If they start imitating the movements such as squatting, then by all means introduce the potty. It doesn’t mean that they will catch it right away but they are starting to get the idea.

Asking to go to the potty is one of the most obvious signs. But, don’t expect anything to come out on the first, second, third or even the fourth attempt. It takes time to get a toddler’s words and the need to go to match up. Be patient. The odds are that one of those attempts will hit its mark.

Not every toddler is ready between the ages of two and three. Some kids may take a little longer to get the idea. That’s perfectly fine if they need a little more time. Each toddler is very special and will find the way to the potty in time.

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