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When and how to begin toilet training?

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Dr. Jeanne Beymer
Pediatrics 30 years experience
: Age 2.: T 18 months, most toddlers are not yet showing signs that they are ready for toilet training. When toddlers report to parents that they have wet or soiled their diaper, they are starting to be aware that they prefer dryness. This is a good sign and you should praise your child.
Dr. Jeanne Beymer
Pediatrics 30 years experience
Age 2.: Some children at this age are showing signs that they are ready for toilet training. When your child starts reporting wet or soiled diapers to you, this is a sign that your child prefers to be dry. Praise your child for telling you. Toddlers are naturally curious about other people using the bathroom. If your child seems curious, let him go to the bathroom with you.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 47 years experience
When Care if Wet: Whenever a child wants a wet diaper changed immediately 80-90% of the time, they can be trained usually in 2-3 weeks. This may normally occur anywhere from 18mos yo 3 years of age.Wait for it.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
A toddler who walks: from room to room, pulls his/her pants & pull-up or underpants up & down & says " pee-pee", "poo-poo" or "potty" to indicate he senses the urge to "go" is ready for daytime toilet training. If not, you may create a behavior problem . There's no harm in putting a potty chair in the bathroom for the child to sit on while you model using the toilet, but don't force the child to sit on it.
Dr. Dov Finman
Dr. Dov Finman commented
Adolescent Medicine 11 years experience
Jun 18, 2014
Dr. Susan Pratt
40 years experience
3 key milestones: 1) When your child consistently wakes up with a dry diaper; 2) When he/she can say, 'I need to go potty' or some approximation of that; 3) When he/she can pull pants down and back up. When these 3 key milestones have been met, it should only take a few days to potty train your child. Remember to keep it positive, give lots of praise and small rewards for 'success' in the potty! Have fun!

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