When to Start Potty Training

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Potty training should start when children begin giving signals when they need to use the restroom, which is when a parent can interrupt and show them good bathroom habits. Start potty training at the appropriate age with advice from a clinical psychologist in this free video on parenting.

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Hello, I'm Dr. Deborah Wheeler, I'm the vice president of academic affairs at the Argosy University Salt Lake City campus and I'm also a clinical psychologist. Today's topic, how do you know when it's time to start toilet training your child? Well there are several clues that your child will give you that it's time to start toilet training. One of them is that you will see them indicate that they need to use the bathroom. You will even notice them pause, or make some body movement that indicates that they do need to go to the bathroom. Once you see those signs from the child, you'll know that that's the time to interrupt them and say why don't we move to the bathroom. You can then make sure that they are knowing that they recognize and understand the signals between the body function and going to the bathroom. So make them walk into the bathroom whether or not you time it just correctly in the beginning is up to chance, but at least you're recognizing when that child needs to use the restroom. You also must wait for the child to be physiology able to be toilet trained. It doesn't do any good and it simply frustrates you and the child if you try to toilet train them when they are not physically capable of being trained. Make sure you wait till they're the appropriate age and physically able to be toilet trained. Finally, save yourself some frustration by making sure that you allow for some mistakes and accidents to happen and follow the child's lead you will know because they will be able to indicate to you that they understand that they need to go into the restroom at that time. Make sure that they understand what you're asking them before you try to toilet train your child. If you'd like more information on this topic or any others that we can help you with on parenting, please contact us at argosy.edu.

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