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Toilet Training

Many parents are unsure about when to start toilet teaching or “potty training.” Not all kids are ready at the same age, so it’s important to watch your child for signs of readiness, such as stopping an activity for a few seconds or clutching his or her diaper.

Most children begin to show these signs between 18 and 24 months, although some may be ready earlier or later than that. And boys often start later and take longer to learn to use the potty than girls.

Take your time with toilet training and resist pressure from others. Focus on your child. The process may take weeks or months. But if done properly, you will spare you and your child frustration and needless battles.

As with other major milestones, different children potty train at different times. At what point your toddler learns to go to the bathroom on her own has nothing to do with her other developmental achievements.

So relax! Here are some basic clues to watch for before you begin toilet training:

SIGNS OF READINESS

TECHNIQUES

TIPS FOR SUCCESS


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