Toilet Training - What Is Normal
Delays in toilet training
It is normal for your
child to be doing well with toilet training and to suddenly begin having
problems. For example, he or she may try to "hold it" for long periods or want
to wear diapers again. This does not mean your efforts have failed. But it does
mean that you need to ease up on the training for a little while.
Stress in the home can interfere with a child's toilet training. For
example, toilet-training setbacks can be related to the arrival of a new baby,
a move, a change in preschool or child care, family conflict, or illness or
death of a close family member.
A child's toilet habits may also
be affected if he or she gets an illness, especially one that has a long recovery time.
Sometimes your child will not
cooperate—for no reason that you can figure out.
pressure from friends or family to toilet train your child too early. Parents
often feel that their child should be trained by a specific age or to meet a
deadline, such as for a requirement to enroll in a particular day care. You and
your child are less likely to become frustrated and more likely to have a good experience with
toilet training if it is not forced. Staying positive and relaxed is an
important part of training your child.
typically do not help. Children need frequent praise throughout the entire
process of toilet training.
You will know your child is
toilet-trained when he or she regularly anticipates the need to go to the
bathroom and with little help is able to climb onto and use the
type of toilet (potty) that you provide. This process takes time, from weeks to
months. Each child is different. But most children are successfully trained
around age 3 or shortly thereafter (girls are typically trained a few months
earlier than boys). Your child may still need help now and then, such as with
wiping, until age 4 or 5. He or she may also need help and reassurance when
using a toilet in an unfamiliar bathroom, such as in a public restroom, until
about age 5 or 6.