When should we start potty training? (18 to 30 months) 

Health visitor Penny Lazell gives advice on when you should start potty training with your child.

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Transcript of When should we start potty training? (18 to 30 months)

When should we start potty training?   Penny: “Most children will show signs they are ready for potty training between the ages of 18 months and three years. And you sit down on this. Every child is different with when they start to control their bladder, so don't pressurise them into becoming dry. They will show you the signs. Take their lead and take time.   Some of the signs that children may give you, that they're ready for potty training, are they tell you they need to go or they may have told you that they've had a wee in their nappy. Another sign is that often they will have a longer gap between having nappy changes. If you feel your child is ready but not showing the signs, you could try to start a bit of potty training.   If they're not ready, they don't have a good understanding of what they're meant to do, so they can get quite stressed and quite upset about doing something that they don't understand. When potty training and becoming dry, all children will have accidents. It's normal. Try to ignore it, just clear up the accident and start again. Most children are able to be dry throughout the day between about three and five years. Generally, about nine out of ten children are dry by the age of three. It's normal that your children may be potty trained during the day, but will still wet at night.   This is another developmental stage. But, again, most children are dry, during the night, by about the age of five or six. Most children between three and five will still have the occasional accident. It's normal.   Potty training can be a stressful time, but if you try and wait until your child is ready and make it fun and make it relaxed, you should get there within no time at all.”    


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