10 Signs your child is ready to start potty training

Going to the potty or the toilet seems to be a challenge for many parents. Urologist Steve Hodges recommends not to train the children in the potty,  because this training has several negative effects.

Going to potty should come naturally, with the initiative of the child. The specialists say that the presentation of the pot or toilet should start with the age of 2 years old and not earlier, without trying to determine the child to choose this option. Also, urologists tell us that, in fact, very few children are really prepared to do their needs in the potty or in the toilet under the age of 3 years.

Pediatricians around the world draw our attention to the fact that, before we start presenting the baby’s potty or toilet, there are several signs that we must take into account:

  1. The baby’s diaper is dried for at least 2 hours – this means that the bladder has continence. By the age of 2, the urinary system of the child is not sufficiently developed, the child urinating often, only at this age begins the formation of urinary continence (the bladder muscles develop and this can retain urine).
  2. The baby’s diaper is dry after the day’s sleep.
  3. The child begins to dislike the wet or dirty diaper and begins to pull it.
  4. The child manages to identify the need, announces it before it happens in a diaper.
  5. The child shows interest in using the toilet, imitating the adult.
  6. It can hide to urinate. There are situations when he urinates in a toy toilet.
  7. The child asks for a toilet or a pot.
  8. Can sit on pot or chair (even with diaper) for a longer time, spontaneously or on request.
  9. The child can remove the diaper, respectively the pants / skirt.
  10. The child exceeded the period of negation specific to the age of 1-2 years, being in a period of cooperation, in which he manifests his independence (he climbs stairs alone, he eats alone, he tries to dress and undress alone, trying to wash alone, etc.).
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