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Potty training

Toilet training differs for each baby at different ages. You need to watch for clues that your baby is ready, then ease into the training casually. Do not hurry the process. Keep your patience and follow the right steps discussed here.

Signs of readiness.

Between 18 and 24 months, babies often begin to show some interest in potty training. Some may not be ready, however, until they are 2 years and 6 months older. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests looking for these signs that your baby is ready:

Your baby stays dry at least two hours at a time during the day or is dry after naps

Bowel movements become regular and predictable

  • Facial expressions, postures, or words reveal that your baby is about to urinate or have a bowel movement
  • Your baby can follow simple instructions
  • Your baby can walk to and from the bathroom and help undress herself
  • Your baby seems uncomfortable with soiled diapers and wants to be changed
  • Your baby asks to use the toilet or a potty chair
  • Your baby asks to wear grown-up underwear

By age 3 or 4, most babies can control their bowel movements and daytime urination. Staying dry all night may take more time. By age 5, most babies will be able to stay dry all night. Girls are more likely to be trained before boys.

Potty training is one of the most important training you need to impart to your baby. Do not hasten the process and let it be gradual. Let your little one take her time and slowly turn into an independent and confident baby.

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