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There are many methods, beliefs, and philosophies to choose from when looking for potty training resources, but there are a few things that most methods have in common.

Knowing when your child is ready.

Signs of readiness usually begin between the ages of 18 months and 3 years old. Signs your child is read to try potty training include being able to follow simple instructions, staying dry for 2 hours or more during the day, or waking from naps dry, asking questions, and exhibiting signs, such as expressions, words or behaviors that they need to go to the bathroom. The child also needs to be able to pull their pants down and back up again. During potty training, avoid clothing that is difficult to get on and off easily and quickly, such as onsies, overalls, and even belts.

The parent needs to be ready with all the supplies, such as pull-ups, underwear, potty-chair, etc. Do not begin unless you have all the supplies for success.

Having a plan and schedule. Consistency is key, especially in the beginning.

If you can, plan to be at home for several days in a row, speed is essential as they are first working on going potty in the toilet. If you are in the car, or a large store and cannot get to a bathroom quickly, you and your child will have a harder time making the transition from diapers to potty successfully.

While you are at home schedule potty breaks regularly. Setting a timer can be helpful to remind the parent to offer a potty break. The process is new to you both and if the parent forgets, it makes the process more challenging for everyone.

If things are not going well, such as you child is scared, resisting, or just not catching on, your child may not be ready. It is okay to stop and try again in a few weeks or even months.




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