Potty training is the process of teaching or training a young child on using the toilet for defecation and urination. A small bowl-shaped container known as a potty is often used for this training. For many children, this training begins when kids are as young as 1 year old and it is typically completed when the child is around 4 or 5 years old. It is important to note that not all children are ready to train at a set textbook age; some kids are early trainers while others are slower to hit this milestone.
It is widely established that it usually takes male children a longer time to learn this training than female children. A greater number of children learn how to control defecation sooner than the control of urination due to the difference in the sensations of bodily function.
While in the throws of potty training, many parents report that their children take a great deal of time to master sleeping through the night without an accident. Sometimes it helps to have training underwear as well as a rubber sheet under the bedding so that when accidents do occur it is a simple process to clean up.
Of all the tricks and tips that parents can find on the Internet for how to toilet train a child, the most important key to potty training success is patience from the adults tasked with teaching their youngster how to use the bathroom independently. Since no two kids will have the same pace at learning this most important milestone, the ability to remain calm and patient will show your child respect and love.
It is also important to recognize the opportunity in potty training to teach your child about the importance of positive body association by making sure that he or she has a firm grasp on proper hygienic techniques such as washing hands, using the appropriate language as determined by the parents, and of course learning the proper methods of using the toilet.
Potty training doesn’t have to be a frustrating process for you or your child. With some patience, a sense of humor, and the goal of independence in mind your child will soon be able to master this important lesson in childhood.
For more information on potty training your child we recommend that you talk to your family practitioner.