There is no magical age when kids are suddenly primed to go potty; it's all about their readiness level, and it's not ... more
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Believe it: Kids go when they're READY to go
There is no magical age when kids are suddenly primed to go potty; it's all about their readiness level, and it's not something you can push. Readiness isn't just about being physically ready; kids have to be emotionally prepared. Typical key signs a child is ready to go, per the American Academy of Pediatrics: A dry diaper for two-hour stretches during the day or after a nap; predictable poops; can follow simple instructions; indicates discomfort when a diaper is soiled; actually asks to use the toilet or potty; is into wearing underwear.
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Ten years of changing my son's diapers. Yep, that's what I've been through. Max has special needs, and potty-training him was a long, long haul. His delays had something to do with it -- but so did my own stumbling blocks. All the toilet-training pros talk about a child being "ready" to train but the truth is, it's equally important for the parent to be ready. Because if you're not ready to commit, stay on top of your child, and do all the dirty work, it's not going to go smoothly. Here are 7 things you can learn from my potty-training saga to help you more easily potty train your own child: - By Ellen Seidman