Potty Training Your Child
Do not start toilet training until both you and your child are ready.
Signs that your child is ready include the following:
- Your child signals that his or her diaper is wet or soiled.
- Your child seems interested in the potty chair or toilet.
- Your child says that he or she would like to go to the potty.
- Your child understands and follows basic instructions.
- Your child feels uncomfortable if his or her diaper is wet or soiled.
- Your child stays dry for periods of 2 hours or longer during the day.
- Your child wakes up from naps with a dry diaper.
- Your child can pull his or her pants down and then up again.
Allow your child to be present when you go to the bathroom and make your child feel comfortable in the bathroom. Let your child practice flushing the toilet. Allow your child to sit fully clothed on the potty chair, as if it were a regular chair. Do not force your child to spend time sitting on the chair. Next, let your child become comfortable with sitting on the potty without wearing pants and a diaper.
Place your child on the potty chair whenever he or she signals the need to go to the bathroom. In addition to watching for signals that your child needs to urinate or have a bowel movement, place your child on the potty at regular intervals. This may be as often as every 1 and a half to 2 hours.
Stay with your child when he or she is on the potty chair.Reading or talking to your child when he or she is sitting on the potty may help your child relax. Praise your child when he or she goes to the bathroom in the potty chair.
Be patient with your child. It may take as long as 3 to 6 months for your child to be toilet trained during daytime, and longer during nighttime.