Potty Training Crunch Time
6/3/2008 | by Jennifer Shu
Parents know that preschool and potty training often go hand-in-hand. But what happens when preschool is on the horizon and your child still can’t use the potty on their own? As
Parents know that preschool and potty training often go hand-in-hand. But what happens when preschool is on the horizon and your child still can’t use the potty on their own? As a pediatrician, I frequently see parents who find themselves having to meet a training deadline under pressure.
If you’ve tried to start the potty training process and aren’t seeing results, I recommend taking a step back and making sure your child is ready for the process.
Here are a few signs of potty-training readiness I tell parents to look for:
- Your child wants to be trained:
- Wants their wet diaper changed
- Shows interest in the bathroom
- Wants to wear “big kids” pants
- Your child talks about training:
- Indicates by words or body language that it’s time to go
- Understands simple directions
- Your child can act on it:
- Stays dry for at least two hours
- Can remove their pants and/or diaper
- Can go to the potty and sit on it
Starting preschool (and completing the potty training process) can be nerve-racking at times for you and your child - I know it was for me when my almost 4-year-old showed no interest until he saw his classmates using the potty! Luckily for parents, there are many different resources to help make the process easier like Pull-Ups® with Easy Open Sides. They allow for quick and easy removal by parents for those times when it is needed – just in case.
With “potty training crunch time” on the horizon just remember to gather the tools you’ll need, stay positive and keep your child in a consistent potty routine. When your child is ready, they’ll master the task!