Take heart. Potty training is just another milestone in your daughter’s development. You've survived teething and sleepless nights--you will conquer potty training, too. No hard and fast rule exists for how long it will take your daughter to be completely potty trained, but it usually takes between several weeks and six months.
Girls participating in a 2003 study published in the journal “Pediatrics” who began potty training between 22 and 30 months old were potty trained by about 36 months, according to WebMD. This compares to 38 months for boys. Six months or less is typically the amount of time it takes to potty train a girl. Usually, it takes about six weeks to more or less potty train a child, regardless of the sex. Some families choose to potty train their children in just days.
Remember that being potty trained does not necessarily mean that your daughter can make it through naps or overnight without having an accident. This can take children much longer to master than staying dry throughout the day. Their bodies are in such a deep sleep that they often do not wake to use the restroom. According to AskDrSears.com, about 5 million school-aged children wet the bed every night.
When to Start
When your child starts to have bowel movements around the same time every day, can stay dry through naps or for at least two hours during the day, and does not have bowel movements at night, it's time to consider potty training. If your child has the necessary motor skills to undress and get on the toilet, she may also be ready to potty train. Squats, grunts or making faces when she passes urine or stool are also signs it is time to toilet train. Emotionally, your daughter might let you know she is ready to begin potty training by telling you she wants to wear underwear instead of a diaper or imitating you when you use the restroom. She might also tell you when she needs to be changed.
If your daughter does not potty train in less than six months, it does not mean that something's wrong with you or her. Children often regress in their potty training, and this is when, as a parent, you have to ease up on the training and let her continue when she is ready. Additionally, some girls will train earlier than others. Nothing's wrong with your child if she is behind all her play group pals in potty training. If you are concerned that a medical problem is preventing your daughter from potty training, consult your pediatrician.
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