A Few Quick Facts About Potty Training
The perfect age to begin potty training is different for every child. Your child’s best starting age could be anywhere from eighteen to thirty-two months. Pre-potty training preparation can begin when a child is as young as ten months.
Teaching your child how to use the toilet can, and should, be as natural as teaching him to build a block tower or use a spoon.
No matter the age that toilet training begins, most children become physically capable of independent toileting between ages two and a half and four.
It takes three to twelve months from the start of training to daytime toilet independence. The more readiness skills that a child possesses, the quicker the process will be. (Take the Readiness Quiz in Chapter 2)
The age that a child masters toileting has absolutely no correlation to future abilities or intelligence.
Nighttime dryness is achieved only when a child’s physiology supports this–you can’t rush it, but you can nudge nature along in a few different ways. (See Chapter 5)
A parent’s readiness to train is just as important as a child’s readiness to learn.
Training need not be expensive. A potty chair, a dozen pairs of training pants and a relaxed and pleasant attitude are all that you really need. Anything else is truly optional.
More than 80% of children experience setbacks in toilet training. This means that what we call “setbacks” is really just the usual path to mastery of toileting.
Understanding the reason for the setback and setting a plan will bring success. (See Chapter 6, Problem Solving)
98% of children are completely daytime independent by age four.