Potty training can be a touchy subject among parents. It can bring out the competitor in some parents, and it really isn’t a time to get competitive at all. Ideally, it would be good if we can keep an eye on our kids, and see what they are telling us about their readiness to potty train.
Child-led potty training can be so much more of a pleasureable experience you see. Potty training is harder if you are starting because:
(a) All of your friends are doing it or,
(b) You really just can’t face changing another nappy.
Potty training is something your child needs to be ready for, and no matter how annoyed you are with it, it really does help if you take your lead from them. I don’t have a vast experience, but I did train my two children within a week. Experience from other mums and dads also tells me that patience is the key.
But don’t get me wrong, I KNOW how hard it is to spot when the time is right, because even though we would love to focus entirely on the child, we do have to be ready as well. If parents aren’t geared up for it, then potty training is doomed to fail too.
Preparation helps no end, but so does knowing what we are looking for in our children; just what are those signs of potty training readiness?
To help you, we have put together a handy little cheat sheet for you that’ll help you spot some of the key signs that your child is ready to take that grown-up step into big boy or girl pants. It isn’t the magic dust that’ll make potty training a breeze; that’s down to your kids and you, but it’ll certainly help.
We have split the checklist into three, focusing on:
- What I can do
- How I behave, and
- What I understand.
These give you an idea of the number of different potty training signs, which relate to your child’s language development, physical development and his understanding or cognitive skills.
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Are there are other potty training signs that we have missed – if there are, do let us know about them in the comments below.