Some parents are lucky enough to be able to easily train their child on how to use a potty as soon as he or
she is able to walk without holding something or someone. While some parents will have to wait until their child is already in ore school or even kindergarten. Children begin to use a potty at different stages of their life all kids don’t learn how to use a potty at the same age.
The normal age range for potty training is when a child is about 2 years old. But it doesn’t apply to every child, some children might know how to use a potty by 18 months, while some kids still won’t know how to use a potty at 3 years of age or more. And teaching a child how to use a potty is not something you can decide to work on at any time, worse if you have a stubborn child.
Attempting to force your child to learn how to use a potty will be a very big mistake because some children not wanting to use a potty will result in holding their excrete in for long periods of time exerting all the pressure on their bladder, and this continued will result in your child developing sever bladder issues or digestion problems.
Signs Your Child Is Not Ready For Potty Training
There are some signs, that will tell you your child is definitely not ready to be potty trained and in as much as you don’t want to deal with more dirty diapers, you will have to. They include:
- Children who are ready for potty training will get fazed and upset by the feel or smell of a dirty diaper. If your child is no longer comfortable sitting in a cold, dirty and soggy mess, they are ready to start using a potty. As long as your child seems okay and content even when his or her diaper is messy, him or her is definitely not ready for a potty, and you should not bother forcing them, you will only end up with them pooing on their underwear, on the carpet, on the sofa or on the bed.
- When you notice your child constantly pees in their diaper, this means your child does not yet have the ability to hold their urine for a few hours, their bladder is obviously not strong enough or ready for a potty. Your child should be able to stay with their diapers dry for 2 hours or more before considering training them for a potty. Ignore wet diapers at night, because it will take much more longer for them to be able to get up at night and use the potty, so even when they can use the potty, do wear then diapers to bed.
- When your child seems to not care at all how adults use the toilet or never goes to the toilet alone unless you want to give them a bath, or change them, they don’t want to know what the little thing on the floor is, they will be very uninterested In learning how to use a potty. And if you still try to force them know how to use a potty even with them showing no single interest, you will be up for battle and a stressful time for both you and your child.
- Kids tend to have very short fuse of concentration when learning something new, and learning to use a potty will be one of them. You may be able to be seated for long minutes, but a child won’t. If your child can’t seem to sit still on their potty for about 3 to 5 minutes, you will need to wait longer when their attention can be focused for a while on a particular thing to teach him or her how to use a potty.
- If they never tell you anything concerning using the toilet or changing their diaper or when they’re wet, then if you take the diaper away, they will not be able to tell you they want to pee, because the are not used to communicating it.
- If your child is not about to perform simple methods of undressing like taking their pants off or putting it back on then it will be of no use teaching them how to use a potty if they haven’t learned how to undress fast enough to use it. Your child should be able to take of their pants or skirt before you try to teach them how to use a potty.
- When your child can’t get to the bathroom on their own. Teaching a child how to use a potty you will have to go with them to the bathroom various times. But without your company, your child should be able to make his or her way to the toilet, if they can’t you just have to suspend potty training for longer.
- If your child is scared of the potty, or the shape of it, or the sound of the toilet flushing, they will never want to get anywhere near the toilet, even baths in the toilet may become a problem. some kids when asked will tell you the potty is going to bite their bum or swallow them whole. You will practically fail at teaching him or her how to use a potty, because first you have to take their fear of the toilet away and it won’t be an easy task to do and might take weeks, months or even years.
- If your child cries, screams, and say no anytime you take them near the potty or try to teach them how to use the potty, you should just let him or her be for another week or more, so him or her doesn’t form a negative reaction to the potty. You can put the potty somewhere they will always see it every day so they know it’s not mobile and can’t hurt them, before suggesting it to them again. If they refuse wait another week and try again, don’t make it a war, keep trying until they feel like trying to use the potty themselves.
- Teaching your child to use a potty might not be a good idea if you just changed houses, you just gave him or her a new sibling, they’re invalid or convalescent, changed rooms, started school and so on. A child may find it hard or stressful to take on another responsibility of learning how to use a potty and might just be content with his or her soft and comfortable companion called diaper. Which means you will need to hold teaching him or her how to use a potty for the mean time.
Eventually, your child will stop using a diaper and start using a potty. You just need to be patient and let your child take all the time in the world and be ready for the change.