ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

When to Start Potty Training your child.

Updated on July 23, 2017

When to start potty training your child is hard to answer as every child is very different. Of all the stages of development of my children and grandchildren I found this one the most challenging. However as time went on there were things that I learned with each child. By the time I came to help my grandchildren it was a lot easier. For the first two years of your baby's life, they just wet their diapers and don't seem to be aware of what is happening. Sometime between age two and three years, children develop an awareness of others using the toilet and also when they are wetting and doing a poo.

Signs that your child is ready for potty training.

  • Their nappy is dry for about 2 hours at a time.
  • They tell you when they are "going" in their nappy.
  • They want to copy you or a sibling when you go.
  • They have regular bowel movements at a similar time each day.
  • Can sit quietly in the same position for about 5 minutes
  • They are pleased when praised and do something well.
  • They are generally cooperative and not showing a negative response to potty training.
  • Can follow simple instructions.



The big question is are YOU ready to potty train your child?!!!

When not to start potty training your child.

  • When travelling.
  • Around the birth of a new brother or sister.
  • When moving house.
  • When changing from a crib to a bed.
  • When there is any serious upset to family life.
  • When your child is sick.

Potty Training

What type of potty do we use?

There are generally speaking two types of potty. One which stands alone and can vary from a small potty to a miniature child's toilet.The other is a seat of various styles which you set on top of your toilet or under the seat and which your child can feel safe sitting on.

BEFORE YOU START POTTY TRAINING

If you can get hold of a book written for children on using the potty, read it to your child in a fun, happy way and talk about this new exciting thing he or she is going to learn.

Potty training should not be stressful.

Today we start potty training!

  • Show your child how to sit on the potty or seat.
  • Try giving him a book to read while sitting
  • At all times give praise for even sitting for a few minutes
  • Start a routine of when you are going to set your child on the potty.
  • Setting them on 15 mins after each meal is a good idea.
  • Don't force your child to stay on the potty.
  • If you catch your child in the act of doing a poo, encourage them to sit on the potty but don't force.
  • You might try a period of 'no pants' as this sometimes helps the child to be more aware of what is happening.
  • Offer rewards for success in using the potty.


At all times make sure this is not a stressful situation for your child.

Don't show disappointment even when the pee or poo doesn't go in the potty. This can be difficult but it is unquestionably the best way. Remember to constantly reassure them that soon they will be using the toilet like the bigger kids.


© 2013 Jane51

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      12 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for these sensible suggestions. Will share.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)