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Is My Toddler Ready for Toilet Training?

03.08.2007 · Posted in Parenting Articles

Toilet training often provokes great anxiety in parents. Many seem to see it as some sort of competition – the earlier they get their child ***** trained the brighter their child must be, and the better they as parents must be. Total nonsense of course! Trying to ***** train your child before he or she is ready is a recipe for frustration, frayed nerves, and traumatized children.

On the other hand, waiting until your child is genuinely ready makes the whole process a whole lot easier, happier, and less stressful. Does it really matter if your little Susie is trained three months later than your neighbors Cathy?

Every child is different. Very few toddlers are genuinely toilet trained before the age of 20 months. Most start at around the age of two or three (boys later than girls), and some are even later than that. Almost all children are toilet trained by the age of 4, although 10% are still bedwetting at the age of 5. There is no rush. Trying to force the issue before they are ready can set up problems, such as soiling, that can continue for many years into the future.

Here are some tips to prepare your child for the toilet training and how to know when he or she is ready to start.

1. First, talk to your child about the body parts and their functions. It doesn

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