When To Start Potty Training?

"When to start potty training?" - you wonder as your little darling approaches preschool.

Well, The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends waiting until your toddler is 18 months of age and shows potty readiness signs.

However, as long as you don't use punitive or harsh methods you can start as soon as you like.

Potty training is a process and not an all or nothing endeavor. You can gradually begin the process at 12 months of age.

Certain little darlings meet the potty training readiness criteria somewhere between 18 months and 24 months of age. Many display them by 30 months of age, and almost every little darling by their 3rd birthday.

Don't despair, there are things you can do to encourage potty training readiness, and in fact things you should do to make sure your Little One is ready when the time comes to potty train.

No or Limited Readiness Signs Required.

  • Elimination Communication does not require any signs of potty training readiness (babies are born ready).
  • The 75$ method only has two.
  • Toilet learning approach is a gradual process towards toilet independence that can start at about 12 months of age.

When to Start Potty Training?

Its confusing to figure out when to potty train as the answer varies according to experts and social conventions. Here is how to set a date to begin potty training - consider the points below to figure out what suits you and your family best.

Ideally Pick a Time When:

  1. You are ready
  2. Your baby is ready
  3. Your chosen method says you and your baby are ready
  4. It's summer time
  5. It's a stress free time (or relatively stress free)

Please note that there is a time laps between when you start potty training and when your child reaches complete toilet independence. For example you can have your baby eliminate regularly on the potty with little accidents or close to no accidents at 4 months of age – but it will still be a couple of years before they will undress, wipe and wash hands on their own.

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