Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Tshegofatso | 2010/04/21


potty training

When can I start potty training for my 16mnth old?

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You can start when your child is 18 months old.

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Posted by: Purple | 2010/04/22

The best time to start potty training is when your child requests to wear panties or underpants.
For girls this is usually as they approach two to two and a half years old and for boys it is usually closer to 3 years old.

When they ask for underwear, let them wear it and they might have an accident or two in the first week, but will then generally be dry, though they will continue to have accidents every few months until around the age of 6 if they are busy playing or concentrating on something, becuase they only recognise the need to go at the point when they have to go - not a few minutes before like adults do.

It is quite common for them to still use a nappy for poos for a few months.

They will generally continue to use a night nappy for about a year after being dry in the day, but for some children its not too long and for some children its longer than a year. You can remove the night nappy once it has been dry for a week. Just buy a waterproof for your mattrass, as you will still have a wet bed every few months for about another year.

Don''t reduce your child''s fluids while potty training, if you do this, she won''t need to wee much so won''t get used to what it feels like to need to wee.
What does work in this time is to give your child lots of fluids and then let them run around outside without pants on or completely naked. Once they feel the wee trickle down their legs they connect the needing to go feeling with weeing and can learn to control it.

Once your child is reliably using the loo, they might still need a nappy for an afternoon nap. My son was too embarassed to wear one, so I bought him pull up pants for that and he was quite happy with that. We also used pull ups for long car journeys. Now that he is 6, we take along a bottle for him to wee in if we know it isn''t going to be safe to stop along the route. He''s only needed it once and managed to wee in it without even undoing his seatbelt.

There is nothing you can do to rush potty training before your child is physically capable, and at 16 months it is very unlikely she''ll be ready yet, though some girls do manage from around 18 or 19 months, it is rare.

People who claim their child is toilet trained earlier are actually confusing themselves as parents being good at timing. Children wee about 20 minutes after drinking something, so just because the parent gets them onto the loo in time and they wait there until the child wees doesn''t make the child toilet trainined (i.e. theyhave no real control over it).

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