If you are considering baby potty training for your little one it is helpful to get the facts first. One thing you should know is that most children are not ready to potty train until they are 18 months to 36 months of age. Of course, every child is different and some may start sooner or later than this timeline. It’s said among moms that boys are notoriously harder to potty train than girls, and that they usually train later rather than sooner.
Knowing these guidelines, you can relax if your child has not yet been successfully potty trained. Many mothers have been in the situation of listening to another mother chirp about how fast her baby learned to potty train. Don’t let this get you down, eventually all children will potty train. As a wise pediatrician once said, they’re not going to go off to college wearing diapers. So make sure you are not pressuring yourself or your child to potty train too early.
There are all kinds of infant potty training books, CDs and DVDs that can give you guidance. But which one should you listen to? It may be a better idea to ask your pediatrician what he or she recommends. Often these medical professionals can give you literature and lots of tips when it is potty training time. Not only did they graduate from medical school, they have been through the issue of potty training kids many times, perhaps even in their own home life. Most doctors will tell you not to worry if your child is late on the potty training schedule.
Baby potty training doesn’t have to be stressful. The first thing you should do once your child is older than 18 months is look for signs of their readiness to use the toilet. This may include expressing discomfort with dirty diapers and an interest in using a potty seat. You may be able to entice your child into attempting to potty train by promising them new underwear, which can be a good natural incentive. Even the most difficult of toddlers will eventually become potty trained, and if any problems arise during the process such as constipation from holding bowel movements your pediatrician is there to help every step of the way. Some, but certainly not all, toddlers will ‘hold it’ in an attempt to prevent going to the potty or soiling their training pants, but their doctor can help you break this habit.