When faced with the idea of potty training many parents do not know when or how to begin. Thinking about starting to potty train your child can be a daunting experience.

When, how and who are the common questions.

When should I start?

How should I start?

How should I complete the process?

Who should do be involved and do it?

When should you start is one of the most questions parents ask.

My answer is at whatever age you want to from birth onwards.

There are advantages and disadvantages to commencing at whatever age you choose and these are listed to help you make a decision that suits you, your family and your child or baby.

Before aged 1

Advantages

  • The parent and child bond is enhance through learning how to communicate from very early in his life
  • You saves time and money
  • Start early before he is mobile and he will be more willing to sit on his potty
  • He will learn how to communicate more non-verbally.
  • He does not have to unlearn the lessons of using a diaper for his bodily functions

Disadvantages

  • You need to have to have a more regulated schedule
  • He needs more input from his parents and care givers
  • You have to learn to understand his non-verbal communication
  • It will take longer
  • It is more difficult to find tiny underpants and knickers
  • Other parents will criticize you and try and dissuade you

Aged 12 to 24 month

Advantages

  • You can save $100’s
  • You help the environment
  • If you can start before he is mobile, he will be more willing to sit still on his potty
  • He will learn how to communicate more with verbal and non-verbal messages earlier
  • He has less time that he has to unlearn the lesson he was taught about using his diaper for his bodily functions

Disadvantages

  • You need to have to have a more regulated schedule
  • You and other care givers needs to input more into the process
  • You have to learn to understand his non-verbal communication, indications that he needs to go potty
  • It is likely to take a little longer
  • It is more difficult to find underpants and knickers for children under the age of two

After 2 years of age

Advantages

  • It may happen quicker because he can communicate more verbally and tell you when he needs to use the bathroom.
  • He might require less input from you and other care givers as he is able to accomplish more by himself
  • You will be able to have a more flexible routine
  • It is easier to buy well fitting underwear
  • Other parents will accept that what you are doing is normal and will encourage you
  • He understands rewards more and may more readily perform for such incentives

Disadvantages

  • He has to unlearn the lessons of using a diaper for his bodily functions which he has been allowed to do for a much longer time
  • It is more expensive; it could cost you $1000’s more just for diapers.
  • He may be more resistant to starting as he is so used to performing in his diapers.
  • It can become more of a battle from start right through to completion

Once you make a decision to start potty training your child then stick to that date.



Source by Maureen Lawrence