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When Can You Start Potty Training?

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Don't be pressed into potty training because your friends are going through the same with their children - your baby will give you signs that they are ready to be potty trained.  Until your baby is ready, attempting to potty train is a waste of time, there are certain milestones to reach first.

Most important is that your child should be physically developed enough to be able to keep themselves dry for three or four hours at a time.  If they aren't able to control their bladder at all, then they won't know when they need to go to the toilet.  It is also good that they can walk and can pull their own pants up and down.  In terms of language, your little one should be able to understand and follow instructions and should also be able to communicate that they need to go to the toilet.

As they are approaching the right moment, most children start to take an inquisitive interest in the toilet, taking a deeper interest when you go to the toilet and in your bathroom habits.  This is a good sign that they are ready to learn to potty train and make that move to independence sooner rather than later.

Your little one may stay in nappies overnight for some time after potty training - this is perfectly normal.  It takes a well developed bladder to be able to go through the night without wetting themselves.  Lifting them to the toilet during the night just before you go to bed will help them become more aware of when they need the toilet during the night.

Slightly older children are often too distracted by what they are doing than to consider going to the toilet.  Long after potty training you'll spot your little ones doing an awkward dance perhaps with their hand at their crotch - a sure sign that they are in discomfort because they need to go to the toilet, but they are too distracted to have made the connection and gone themselves.  Remind them to go to the toilet and they'll most likely disappear in an urgent flurry as realisation dawns!


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