How to know if your Toddler is ready for Potty Training
Being a first time mom, I know I have to start to potty train Jack that has just turned 17 months old sometime soon. I have seen parents who started training their toddler at a younger age than Jack and gotten success. Although on the average most people generally start toliet training at 18 months. I want to start with Jack as I think it would be much better for him when he starts going for pre school in 2 months time.
But every time I tried previously, it is just so difficult to make him sit still on the potty without trying all ways to jump off or start screaming and crying if I try to stop him from getting off the potty. The main thing is that Jack just don’t go about his business on the potty. It became very stressful for me to try getting him potty train and I kept putting it off and telling myself that I will start teaching about next month and then next month.
Jack is a very active boy and can never stop running around. Taking care of him and looking after him is hectic. So I guess, if I have to get him to be potty trained then it has to be a firm and dedicated decision. Which means to spend more time at home and try to work less until he is potty trained.
But I think every parent’s question is… Is my toddler ready to be potty trained? Accessing the readiness of your child is the first important factor when it comes to getting potty trained
Is coordinated enough to walk, and even run, steadily.
Urinates a fair amount at one time.
Has regular, well-formed bowel movements at relatively predictable times.
Has “dry” periods of at least two hours or during naps, which shows that his bladder muscles are developed enough to hold urine.
Can sit down quietly in one position for two to five minutes.
Can pull his pants up and down.
Dislikes the feeling of wearing a wet or dirty diaper.
Shows interest in others’ bathroom habits (wants to watch you go to the bathroom or wear underwear).
Gives a physical or verbal sign when he’s having a bowel movement such as grunting, squatting, or telling you.
Demonstrates a desire for independence.
Takes pride in his accomplishments.
Isn’t resistant to learning to use the toilet.
Is in a generally cooperative stage, not a negative or contrary one.
Understands the physical signals that mean he has to go and can tell you before it happens or even hold it until he has time to get to the potty.
Can follow simple instructions, such as “go get the toy.”
Understands the value of putting things where they belong.
Has words for urine and stool.
Although some of the things Jack couldn’t do yet but I guess it is never too early to start teaching him and getting him used to the potty first.
If you are a first time parent like me and is reading this. Good luck to both me and you! Hope you find success with potty training your toddler. 🙂 🙂 🙂