What You Need to Know About Potty Training Older Children

First things first! In this article, we will learn all the facts about potty or toilet training. If you are among those new parents who have been eagerly awaiting this part of your child’s development, then you are in for a surprise. Potty training varies from child to child. While some kids are ready to learn things early on, others refuse to even consider that going to the toilet is an option.

But do not think that this is a problem, because as difficult as may sound, it simply means that you need to find the right time. Below are some facts about potty training that might put you at ease and assure you that you are not a completely clueless parent.


Fact # 1

All kids develop at different speeds. This means both physically and emotionally. This in turn implies that just because your best friend’s child started going to the bathroom and sitting on the chair at the age of 1 does not means your little girl will do the same. So wait patiently and observe when your little one starts taking an interest in the fact that the diaper is not the place to do it. Mostly it is biological growth of your child that decides when they are ready.

Fact # 2

For most children, it takes about three to twelve months of training to perfect the art of going to the bathroom and handling their toilet needs on their own. Independence also depends on how willing they are to learn and take responsibility of themselves.

Fact # 3

There is a major difference between daytime training and nighttime control. This too correlates to the physiological development of the child. You can’t expect that since your child has learned to control themselves in the daytime, the same would apply to their nighttime schedule.

Fact # 4

For most young ones, urinating four to eight times a day is normal. This mostly happens about every two hours. As for bowel movement, most kids have one to two bowel movements a day and some have three. There are also some toddlers who skip a day sometimes.

Fact # 5

Diet and exercise have a huge significance on potty training. If your kid consumes sufficient amounts of liquids, along with veggies, fruits and whole grain foods, then potty training will be easier. Likewise, exercise helps digest the food properly and effectively. If there is not exercise or movement whatsoever, the bowel movement will not be accurate and the child might face constipation.

Fact # 6

There will be plenty of accidents while a child is learning to go to the toilet on their own. This is part of the learning process. Studies show that 80% of the toddlers go through so called setbacks, which in reality are just the roadblocks on way to the mastery of using the toilet on their own.

Fact # 7

98% of the toddlers who are being potty trained learn the art of daytime independence by the time they turn 4. Nighttime expertise varies for each child and you can gain nothing by trying to rush the matter.

Fact # 8

It is simply not true that kids who do not learn potty training quickly have repercussions in later life, like they have OCD or can never become clean or develop some other kind of personality disorder. Many studies have been conducted on this and all show that this is just a myth.

Fact # 9

When teaching your child how to become independent in taking control of their toilet habits, keep in mind that the whole concept should come to them just as naturally as eating with a spoon or playing with blocks. The concept might be new but it should never be alien or something they are uncomfortable with.

Fact # 10

It is not just the child who needs to be ready for toilet training. Parent’s readiness plays a significant role in how well and how soon a child becomes independent. How the parents react during the practice session makes all the difference in the world. So you will need to be pretty careful about not just your words, but your body language and facial expressions as well.

Now that you have some idea about what you may be dealing with, let us discuss what the correlation is between age, gender and individual toddlers.

We also highly recommend that you click the link below and check out the Potty Train your child in 3 days’ guide!


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