Most parents find it difficult to determine the best age to potty train their toddlers. It’s important to note though that there is no official age. Most healthy kids are physically and emotionally ready to begin potty training between the age of 18 months and three years. However, boys tend to be ready a few months later than girls.
Kids below 2 years old
As parents, it’s important to know that children below two years of age cannot control when they poo or pee. They have no control of the muscles that control their rectum and bladder, and the muscles are also not mature enough until they are about 18 months.Some parents start toilet training when their kids are younger than six months.
Most Health specialists are against this, arguing that such kids may experience setbacks with school toilets or when they encounter stressful situations later in life.
Readiness of the child
Starting potty training when the child is ready is as beneficial to parents as it is for the kids.This is because it saves the parent from frustrations that come with the training and gives the kid the much needed happy and comfortable life.
Some children resist using the toilet, which means that they are not ready for the training. Potty training should be a positive experience and if it becomes a struggle or a battle of wills, consider stopping for a while.
Parents can use the guideline below to measure their children’s readiness and have it in mind that starting the training before the kid is ready does not mean that you will finish sooner; it’s more probable that the process ends up taking more time.
Signs that your kid is prepared for potty training
Children must be able to control their bladder muscles and bowels before they start the training. Some of the signs showing that a kid can control the bladder muscles include having bowel movements at the same time every day, having a dry diaper mostly after a nap and not having bowel movements at night. When the child starts showing interest when others use the potty or when to visit the bathroom. When the kid starts hiding to pee or poo. If the child is willing to climb the potty or sit on it. When the kid pulls her pant down or up with only a little help. When the child shows despise of dirty diapers. Gives physical or verbal signs that he is having bowel movements such as squatting, and grunting. Recognize the physical signals showing that its time to go and can inform you in time before it happens or can even hold it back until there is time to go to the potty.…