There are no hard and fast rules, most parents start the training when their children are between two years and three years old.
There’s no need to potty train your toddler at all if you don’t want to. Your child may copy others without needing any instructions, as long as you make it clear to him/her what he/she has to do, and where he/she must do it. You shouldn’t force your child to use a potty if he/she doesn’t want to, or if he/she is not ready to start.
A child under two years cannot control when they wee and poo. The muscles that control their bladder and rectum aren’t mature until they reach about 18 months to two years, so do not stress them out, ok? :)
So what are the steps to train your child when they are ready?
First and foremost, having a cute potty will greatly increase the chance of early success !
Train your child in the morning and afternoon for a few hours at home. Let him eat, drink and play as normal, but every 15 minutes put him on the potty. At the end of a session, revert back to a diaper or pull-up and go on with your day. When you get home, have another session. On the third day, go for an all-day session. If you leave the house, it is best to have a spare potty in the car.
Encourage your child by giving “potty prizes”, e.g. Stickers, stamps on the hand, or a single M&M are all good potty prizes. In addition, each time your child uses the potty correctly, sing his praises.
Make it more fun by giving him things to aim at like bright Fruit Loops or Tinkle Targets. In no time, your son will be standing and peeing on his own.
Teaching her how to use the potty is much easier if you start by encouraging copycat behaviour. Take her with you in the bathroom while you’re using the toilet and have a potty ready for her. At this point, telling her stories on how big girls pee and poop in the potty can be very helpful to spark her interest for the potty.
* When it comes to potty training girls, a very important aspect is teaching your daughter how to properly wipe herself.
Limit Bedtime Drinks
Lay off milk and juice at least an hour before bedtime to help your child stay dry at night. That might mean you serve a later dinner so your child’s full and does not need more food and drinks right before bed. Remember, night-time training often comes later than daytime training; you might want to focus on one at a time so you don’t overwhelm your kiddo. It’s fine for him to start off sleeping and napping in a pull-up. He’ll likely wake up dry if you reel in the drinks, and soon he’ll be ready to hit the sack in underwear.
There you have it, phew…., it isn’t so tough after all, right?