When to stop potty training?

(July 21, 2010)

Quit Potty Training

After the birth of your baby, you may be completely wrapped up in every development milestone such as the first time your baby turns over, the first time he/she crawls, and his first word. However, potty training is also a very important milestone when it comes to a baby’s growth and development as it is the baby’s first real step into the “adult world”. It is generally not very tough to figure out when to begin potty training as your child will show some of the usual potty training signs such as unwillingness to remain in soiled diapers as well as sounds and gestures to let you know that they are about to soil themselves. There are several methods to start potty training and one of the best methods is to place your child on the potty every morning as soon as they wake up as this is when they are most likely to have a bowel movement. This also helps to regulate bowel movements. However, it is sometimes not very easy to determine when to stop potty training as you may be unsure as to whether your little one can manage without assistance.

Your child will start to show signs of reluctance with potty training assistance and this is generally a good indicator that you will no longer need to continue potty training. You may also notice that your child no longer soils his/her clothes and is able to control their bodily functions quite easily. Make sure however, that you continue to carry a set of clean clothes when traveling as it is possible that your child may soil themselves as they have not yet gained full control of their muscles. Do not use negative reinforcement methods like scolding when your child soils himself and make sure that you do not discuss any potty training problems with friends and extended family matters. You should also make sure that all the members of your family, especially your older children do not taunt their sibling for potty training problems as this could cause a lot of embarrassment for your little one. You should not suddenly stop potty training your child but instead make it a gradual change. You can do this by allowing your child to go to the toilet alone but make sure that they know that you are standing right outside in case they need you. This will help the child to manage by themselves without any fear that you have abandoned them.

Submitted by P T on July 21, 2010 at 05:32

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