When to Start Potty Training
There are three signs of readiness to determine if your child is ready for toilet training.
I'm Dr. Ari Brown. Today, we're talking about the differences in potty training girls and boys. On average, kids learn how to use the potty between ages 2 and 4. Girls usually train before boys. No one really knows why, but I suspect it's because girls care more about being clean earlier than boys do. That's a good thing because girls who spend a lot of time in poopy diapers are prone to bladder infections, so better to get out of them as soon as possible. The biggest question I hear from parents of boys is whether to teach them to urinate sitting down or standing up. Personally, I vote for sitting. It's much easier for boys to master this position and it's less messy for moms and dads. Boys already have to learn how to sit on the potty anyway. For a boy to stand up and pee, he must be able to control his aim which requires some eye-hand coordination. He also must be able to resist the temptation to use his body as a water gun. Boys can practice controlling the stream of urine while sitting on the potty. Instruct the boy to hold himself and aim down into the toilet. Some parents buy disposable toilet targets to make the experience more fun. They can be used to train a boy either sitting down or standing up, but they're not essential so it's totally your call. Happy toilet training!
I'm Dr. Ari Brown. Today, I'm going to tell you about potty training boot camp and how to say goodbye to diapers in just 3 days. Yes, your child can potty train in just 1 weekend. What's the catch? You have to pick the right weekend. The key is to find a time when your child seems ready and you can devote an entire weekend to the process. There's no reason to wait around until summer time when your child can run naked and free. When he's ready, just go for it! There are 3 signs of being toilet ready: body awareness, the desire to be clean and the ability to use the bathroom independently. If your child seems ready, spend a quiet weekend around the house and give it a try. There are 7 easy steps. Step 1: Put your child in training pants. These are specially designed cotton underwear with extra layers of fabric between the legs. I prefer training pants over training diapers because they're washable, reusable and a child will definitely feel wet if he has an accident in them. Step 2: Practice using a potty chair or kid's size toilet insert. Both work equally well. The advantage of the toilet insert is that you don't have to clean up afterwards and you can take it with you when you're out and about. Step 3: Using your own words. Tell your child to listen to his body and sit on the potty when he knows that pee or poop is coming. Step 4: Direct your child to the bathroom after she awakens before and after naps, after meals, before bedtime and every 2 hours if she does not go on her own. Step 5: See what happens. A child who is toilet ready will catch on and go on his own during the day. Some kids learn to pee and poop on the potty at the same time. Others may breeze through peeing on the potty, but resist pooping. In that case, a more gradual approach to help him feel more comfortable is the best way to do it. Start by letting your child wear a diaper while sitting on the potty. Then, cut a hole in the center of the diaper so the poop ends out in the potty. Step 6: Praise success. Your praise is the best reward. A child doesn't need a new toy or a piece of candy every time he uses the bathroom. Step 7: Don't punish your child for accidents. If your child leaves puddles on the kitchen floor, or could care less about having accidents or in training pants, she's not ready. Just go back to diapers on Monday or as soon as you admit defeat and try again another weekend. Toilet training will not happen any faster by keeping your child in training pants. Sometimes, it takes several attempts until the time is right. And some kids need a more gradual approach if they have toileting fears, or body awareness issues. If your child is at least 90 percent accident-free for the weekend, congratulations! He is ready to wear training pants every day and graduate to big kid underwear. When it's clear, he is consistently using the potty. Have fun!
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