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Surviving Potty Training

These are just general guidelines to identify when your child is ready to leave diaper stories behind.  It is important that you understand that your child is an individual and therefore very different from your sister’s child, or neighbors’ little bundle, or the children at the Day Care Center.  Your child has a unique internal clock that dictates the maturity of the body sphincters’ functioning and will be potty ready when your child learns how to control those sphincters. Sphincters are the muscles that contracts and control the bladder and anus.   The child’s skill in controlling these muscles will determine the success of potty training.  


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There are many toilet devices that you can buy from your favorite department store. Toilet seats, toilets with music, ladders to make it easier for your little one to reach the toilet seat, etc. Whichever your choice, we recommend that you keep it simple for your child.  Remember that it will take you several try outs before your little big child understands the full process and can achieve the desired goal.  Praise your child when potty training has been achieved.


Please, do not force your child as it may cause a trauma, thus delaying the process of potty training.  Your child may learn the process of potty training and suddenly turning back to dippers routine.  It is normal that this may happen, and you as a parent should not feel frustrated or worried.  Make sure your child has no other physical condition that may be causing such delays in the potty training process.  If you suspect that there might be a medical condition you should immediately consult with your family pediatrician.

Recommended age for Potty Training: Anywhere from 2 to 3 years.    Early potty training is not recommended by most​ pediatricians.

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