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Is Your Child Ready for Potty Training?
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Do not attempt to potty train your child unless both the child and caregiver are both ready.
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Is Your Child Ready for Potty Training?
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Hi I'm Dr. Danelle Fisher, Board Certified Pediatrician with www.WestchesterPeds.com and I'm here today for About.com to talk to you about when to know if your child is ready for potty training.

When is a Child Ready for Potty Training

Successful potty training can occur when the child and caregiver are both ready to tackle the process. It is important to look for signs of readiness from the child, and to back off if the signs are not there. This will lead to an easier experience overall when ditching the diapers. If one or more of these signs are present, consider yourself ready for potty training.

Signs of readiness for potty training include:

Age 18 months or older
Staying dry for two or more hours during the day and being dry after a nap
The ability to follow instructions, take off his or her diaper, and walk to the bathroom
Asking to use the potty or to wear underwear instead of diapers
Showing physical signs when pooping such as crouching or making a certain facial expression
Interest in imitating family members sitting on the potty
Having a regular routine and having regular bowel movements
Do Not Potty Train During a Life Event

These are some of the signs to look for, but it is also important to gauge the timing. Is there a stressor or life event occurring during the time of potty training? Success may be limited if this is going on when moving houses, during a transition to daycare or preschool, or when a new sibling is coming home with mom. Trying to accomplish potty training will be easier if the child has a stable daily routine and shows an eagerness to please the parents or caregiver.

Remember that praise is a valuable tool during this process and that you should refrain from punishment in order to avoid a power struggle. Be encouraging and stay positive, even if there are accidents or if things take a while. In the end, your child will be leaving behind the diapers and using the potty like a big girl or boy.

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