Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Signs My Child is Not Ready For Potty Training

"You can learn many things from children. 
How much patience you have, for instance."
~Franklin P. Jones

It's good to know what to look for for successful potty training. As adults, learning along with the child is very important as well. Sometimes learning a child may not be ready for potty training is a success in itself. Here are 4 tips to look for that a child may not be ready for potty training.

4 Tips My Child is Not
Ready For Potty Training
1. The child becomes upset when diaper is removed and asks for it to be put back on regularly
2. The child will go potty anywhere but on the potty (i.e. a secret corner, on the floor, even beside the potty)
3. The child begins refusing to go potty at all and starts holding urine or BM's (Some cases the child winds up constipated).
4. Crying, yelling and physically struggling to get away from the potty or having underwear put on.

The fourth tip may seem obvious but most children between the ages of 2 and 3 years-old begin potty training irregardless of the fact if they show signs of readiness. There are always some factors that could influence success and timing when starting potty training/learning.

*Consider your reaction to the child's progress or mishaps that occur during potty training. A frightened, scared or angry child is less receptive to trying new things verses one that is encouraged and cheered through the process.
*Major life changes such as a move may seem like a great time to start new things. Consider allowing time for periods of adjustment and getting settled in and nice and comfortable. Stress affects how children take in new information.
*Taking it nice and slow with a causal attitude works well with kids. Introducing a good stable potty chair into the environment early helps children get familiar with it.

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