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Your Guide to Potty Training October 22, 2018

Washington Square, Brookline
Your Guide to Potty Training, Brookline, Massachusetts

As your child continues to grow, they reach significant milestones during their developmental stages. From saying their first word to potty training, you begin to prepare for proper child care to help your toddler adjust. But how do you know the right time to start potty training your child? Generally, children between the ages of 18 months and 3 years start the potty training process. Below are the most common questions to your and your child’s potty-training journey to ensure smooth sailing.

Frequently Asked Questions About Potty Training

How will I know when my child is ready?

Children generally show interest when they are ready to start potty training by asking questions. Physical signs of readiness include walking and other coordination displays, dry periods lasting at least two hours each, the ability to pull their bottoms up and down, and urinating in decent amounts in one sitting. Emotional signs include disliking their diaper, telling you they need to use the bathroom, and feeling pride in their bathroom accomplishments.

Should I use a Potty seat?

child careIf you think it will help, absolutely. These seats bridge the gap between the diaper and the toilet to help children make an easier transition. Place the seat in the bathroom so your child gets used to seeing it there and put it on the toilet whenever your toddler demonstrates a need to go. Establish a potty seat routine throughout the day, such as after meals or any time they drink a lot of fluids.

Is it normal for my child to still wet the bed?

Yes. Many children wet the bed at night for months, if not years, after learning when to use the toilet depending on the rate at which their bodies mature. Think of nighttime bed wetting as a normal, separate issue from daytime potty training. Use diapers until your child displays signs of nighttime dryness, such as waking up and telling you they need to go or not urinating during the night.

What can I do to encourage my child?

Lead by example. Use your own bathroom sessions as opportunities to talk about the process. Praise your child for every potty training accomplishment, no matter how small, with fun rewards such as stickers or extra minutes of playtime before bed. Never scold your child for accidents, compare them to their siblings, or force toilet use. Be patient, supportive, and maintain a positive attitude.

Tiny World Child Care Inc. offers two convenient daycare locations that serve the Greater Boston area. The bilingual child care center offers a wonderful space for preschool and pre-K-aged children to grow and thrive via inquiry and play, while feeling nurtured and loved. Call (617) 232-0115 or visit the child care center online today for more information. Follow this center on Twitter for additional tips on potty training and child development.

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