Dry Nights and Diaper-Free DaysIN TODDLERS' HEALTH
If your child is between two and three years of age, give potty training a try. Here are some tried-and-true tips from Parents (www.parents.com) magazine to find out whether or not your child is ready, how to avoid common pitfalls, and what your library has to do with helping your child succeed. Every child's development is unique. While not all children will be ready to begin toilet training at the same age, many show signs of readiness like pausing during an activity to clutch their diapers between 18 and 24 months of age.
If your child displays two or more of the following signs, consider starting your toilet training course:
- His peeing and pooping schedule is beginning to get predictable.
- She regularly lets you know when she needs to potty.
- He's curious when you use the toilet and wants to help you flush.
- She expresses discomfort with dirty diapers.
- He often awakens dry in the mornings and after naps.
Avoid Potty Training Pitfalls
During tumultuous times, stress may slow potty practice. Here are four times not to teach:
- Your family is in the process of moving.
- A new sibling has arrived or is on the way.
- He's weaning from breastfeeding, the bottle, or a pacifier habit.
- She's starting or returning to day care.
What does a great media mix have to do with potty training? Fun books and DVDs keep children engaged and may be just the teaching tools you need. These tips can help make bathroom basics a breeze:
Sources: www.parents.com, www.kidshealth.org © 2013. True North Custom Media. All Rights Reserved.