Potty Training (cont.)
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How do I know if my child is ready to be potty trained?
Three separate, though related, developmental skill sets are necessary before successful potty training is possible.
How do I know if I am ready to potty train my child?
Parental readiness should be present before embarking upon the task of toilet training their child. It is necessary that the child's desire for potty training must come from within rather than be imposed by his/her parents. Parents must realize that certain times are more likely to be associated with failure of successful potty training. These include: impending sibling birth, moving to a new home/bedroom/bed from crib or other new environment (for example, day care) or mother returning to the work force. Parents should realize that a large commitment of time and emotional energy will be necessary during this process, which may last several weeks to a few months. Lastly, parents must anticipate "accidents" during the potty training process and be able to "roll with the punches." Avoid comparison with other parents; potty training is a natural developmental process, not a competition.