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Potty training a toddler may seem daunting, but not that difficult once you know what to expect. You can potty train most toddlers within six months.

You can start the process when your child is around 12 months old, but no set rules exist. The important thing is to give your child the proper attention and playtime. 

The child will need more freedom of movement while potty training a toddler. They will also need plenty of praise and encouragement as they start their journey to independence.

Potty training a toddler should be fun and exciting for both you and your child, but it is also important to remember that this stage may be stressful. 

If you have questions about potty training a toddler, seek the advice of a pediatrician or health care provider before starting the process. 

There are no guarantees that the process will go smoothly from start to finish. 

The following information will help you understand how potty training works and how it affects your child’s life at different stages in their development.

What is Potty Training?

What's the Right Age to Start Potty Training?

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First, let’s define what we mean by “potty training.” It is teaching a child to use the toilet independently. He has completed potty training when he does not have an accident in his pants or on the floor. 

However, when he has an accident, the potty training is not complete yet. Usually, if you can’t train your kid by two years old, you might need to wait until they’re at least three years old before starting again.

The Process of Potty Training

When a toddler tells us they have had an accident and are upset, it is a sign they are ready for potty training. You should continue your child’s potty training until your child tells you she no longer needs to go to the bathroom every few hours and doesn’t have accidents anymore.

Let’s look at the process of potty training.

Define the Problem

The first step is to define the problem. Next, recognize the reasons your child keeps having an accident. 

It would be best to look at your child’s life and how he will use the toilet when he’s out of diapers. 

Is he just going through a phase? Is he misusing the potty chair? Do they have bowel movements problems? If so, what can you do about it? 

First, look at his environment and determine if any significant factors might affect his behavior. 

Maybe they don’t like their potty seat. Perhaps you misread the signs of readiness. Perhaps the training pants feel uncomfortable, or it’s not yet your child’s time.

The individual child is different, so don’t feel discouraged when your child keeps having accidents at night.

Potty Training Schedule 

You can also schedule your child’s potty training for specific times each day or week. This way, you know when he will be in a good mood and willing to cooperate with you when it comes time for him to use the toilet.

What's the Right Age to Start Potty Training?

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Reward Them

Reward your child for doing his business in the potty. It is good to start with small rewards, such as a treat or something they love. 

They will want to do it more often and be more motivated to continue potty training. Motivation is essential if you have trouble getting your child to go potty on time. 

Also, make sure that the reward isn’t too big or too little because it will affect their behavior and what they will do in the future. 

Encourage Your Child

Once you have started, please encourage your child by giving him positive feedback and praise for his efforts. 

For example, praise him for going number two in the toilet or making it past number one. 

If he does well, he’ll be more likely to continue using the bathroom and might even want to train himself again in the future!

Things You Should Know About Potty Training

Most toddlers are ready by age two because they usually know how to talk, and they can express their needs very well. Therefore, they need little encouragement from their parents to use the potty.

Toddlers who physically cannot communicate with their parents and straightforwardly express their needs may need some help from their parents to be potty trained. 

For example, if your child has a lot of accidents, take them to the doctor. The doctor will check them for physical problems that might prevent him from being potty trained. 

If your child has frequent urinary tract infections, he cannot learn how to control his bladder or bowels until he gets rid of the disease. You can also consult with the pediatrics about giving your child an enema before starting potty training.

Learn with Your Children

Potty training is part of children’s developmental process. Some children might already show promising signs since early infancy, and others don’t show readiness signs until they’re at least three years old.

Don’t worry too much about the age. Just keep checking in from time to time. Give your child freedom to choose when they want to do it.

For more information about toilet training toddlers and other parenting topics, visit our website at Mindful Parent.