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Quick Facts About Potty Training

By Elizabeth Pantley, Author of The No-Cry Potty Training Solution

Potty training can be natural, easy, and peaceful. The first step is to know the facts.

  • 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.

  • You can begin training at any age, but your child’s biology, skills, and readiness will determine when he can take over his own toileting.

  • 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.

  • The age that a child masters toileting has absolutely no correlation to future abilities or intelligence.

  • There isn’t only one right way to potty train – any approach you use can work – if you are pleasant, positive and patient.

  • Nighttime dryness is achieved only when a child’s physiology supports this–you can’t rush it.

  • A parent’s readiness to train is just as important as a child’s readiness to learn.
  • Potty 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.

  • Most toddlers urinate four to eight times each day, usually about every two hours or so.

  • Most toddlers have one or two bowel movements each day, some have three, and others skip a day or two in between movements. In general, each child has a regular pattern.

  • More than 80 percent of children experience setbacks in toilet training. This means that what we call “setbacks” are really just the usual path to mastery of toileting.

  • Ninety-eight percent of children are completely daytime independent by age four.

    This article is an excerpt from The No-Cry Potty Training Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Child Say Good-Bye to Diapers by Elizabeth Pantley.

    About the author:
    Elizabeth Pantley is the author of several books, including
    Gentle Baby Care : No-cry, No-fuss, No-worry — Essential Tips for Raising Your Baby, The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night, Kid Cooperation (with an introduction by William Sears, MD), Perfect Parenting, as well as her latest The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers and is also president of Better Beginnings, Inc. She is a popular speaker on family issues, and her newsletter, Parent Tips, is seen in schools nationwide. She appears as a regular radio show guest, and has been quoted in Parents, Parenting, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, American Baby, Working Mother, and Woman’s Day magazines. Visit Elizabeth’s web site

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