The time it takes to potty train depends on the readiness of the child. Medical experts talk about there being a window of opportunity. If you recognise this and start training, the whole process can be far easier and quicker. Starting too early or putting it off can result in potty training taking longer and being more stressful for both the adults and children!
As children get older, they can become dependent on nappies because they find it more convenient to let a parent clear up the mess than have their play disrupted to go to the toilet. Wearing a nappy becomes a portable potty!
As parents we need to intervene at the right time to teach children the right way to go to the toilet. Potty training doesn’t happen by accident, it is a learned process, just like cleaning your teeth. Like anything we need to master, potty training takes time and practice. The is no particular talent for potty training, (despite what some parents tell you!), every child needs to learn it through practice.
This time next week we will be really looking at the signs of readiness ahead of taking the nappy off and following these tips will help increase your chance of success.