Today I am on The Jeremy Vine Show discussing the problem of children starting school not able to go to the toilet by themselves.
So here is my advice on The Boots website.
It can be hard work. You need patience, a sense of humour and a child who’s ready
What age is the right age to start?
Potty training varies from child to child. Girls are often ready before boys. Your child may be ready somewhere between 18 months and three years. The average age is about two-and-a-half.
A study of around 300 children in London in 2011 found that 83% of children were out of nappies in the day by the age of three.
Remember, just because somebody else’s child is out of nappies before yours doesn’t mean he’s a brain box. Friends and family will often give you the benefit of their experience and advice on potty training, helpful or otherwise, but all children are different.
Jennifer Howze from the parenting website BritMums says, “Don’t put artificial time constraints on the process. Some children will be more ready than others. It will happen.”
Picking up on signs
Some of the signs your child may be ready to start potty training are:
- If they still have a dry nappy an hour or two after you last changed them.
- If he’s aware of doing either a poo or a wee as he does it – and if he doesn’t like the feeling of a wet nappy.
- If he regularly does a poo at a particular time.
Is it the right time for you?
Potty training can be a frustrating and emotional time so make sure there are no major upheavals in your life if you can. Don’t try potty training if you’ve just moved house or have just had another baby or if your child has recently been ill.
Parenting expert Sue Atkins, author of “Parenting Made Easy: How to Raise Happy Children” says summer is the best time to start potty training as children wear fewer clothes and it’s easier to get them on the potty quicker.
It’s also better drying weather for the inevitable accidents.
If you are away from home or feel stressed there’s no point starting.
Mum of three Erin shares her advice. “Try to plan in advance when you intend to start and set aside as much time as possible dedicated just to potty training, ideally a week, but this isn’t always feasible.
“Warn family and friends when you plan to do it, so they’ll understand if you can’t visit, or you hang up in the middle of phone call!”
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