If you are persistent and consistent, you can potty train your child before he/she is two years old. I began toilet training both of my sons when they were eighteen months old, and they were both finished potty training long before they were two years old.
No child is ever “ready” to potty train, hence the word “train”. You, as the parent must teach or “train” your child to use the toilet, just like you teach them to walk or talk. It isn’t something that they are born knowing, nor do they reach a point where they become ready to use the toilet.
You wouldn’t try to teach a three-month-old baby to talk; they are not capable of speech at three years old. Therefore, you need to wait until your child is old enough to understand what you expect of him/her when you decide to potty train. However, your child will reach an age where he/she begins to understand a lot of what you tell him/her. This is when you need to begin training your child. On an average, a child is about eighteen months old when he/she begins to really understanding things. It a lot easier to begin toilet training at eighteen months old, while your child is still learning things, and has not become accustom to potting in his/her pants. Once that happens your child may not be cooperative.
Your child may not completely understand when his/her pants are soiled. He has worn a diaper since birth and the diapers are very absorbent, so you child will not feel soiled most of the time. Some children do feel uncomfortable when their diapers are soiled and are sensitive to this, making potty training easier on you.
First, you must be sure your child is old enough to communicate with you. Most children are capable of communication by eighteen months old. Second, plan to stay home with your child until he/she has a full understanding of what you expect him/her to do. This is a big commitment for you and it is going to take some time to make the child
understand that you want them to put their potty in the toilet, not their diaper. Next, once you are ready to train your child you must throw out the diapers, and also never use pull-ups. Both do not let the child feel how icky the soiling of their pants is. They will continue to mess their pants if they don’t feel miserable in soiled pants.
You are ready to begin training! To begin, get a good potty seat that fits on your toilet seat. I tried the little potty-chairs, and my sons just thought they were fun places to sit, it was hard to keep them still. Once I put them on the adult toilet, it was hard for them to get up and down, so they had no choice, but to sit still. Sit your child on the potty every 15 minutes. It is good to leave him/her on the toilet for at least ten minutes, unless they go to the bathroom before that amount of time. Be sure that you stay in the restroom with him/her so that you can be right there if he/she actually uses the bathroom. Also to prevent you child from falling. Since ten minutes seems like an eternity to a child, give him/her a book, small toy, or even let him/her brush his/her teeth. This will not work for all children. Some children will do best just to sit and have you talk to them.
Once your child uses the potty in the toilet, cheer, clap and just let your child know how pleased you are and how grown up he/she is for using the big person toilet.
Your child is not going to understand what you are wanting of him/her the first time. Children urinate more than they have bowel movements so he/she will understand urinating much faster. Sometimes it takes a bit longer to get them to understand about bowel movements. Don’t give up, your child will understand in time.
Be patient, but be firm and in as little as two weeks your child should be completely trained, or at least have a good understanding of what you expect of him/her. At this point you can leave the house, just be sure to take your child to the restroom often if you are not able to be home. If your child is not completely trained, continue being persistent, do not give up and your child should be potty trained in two months.
Toilet training is a commitment for a parent. It is a big thing for a child to learn. Don’t give up and don’t stop in the middle, if you do, the next time you try training it will be much harder. Be consistent and your should have a toilet trained child by the time he/she is two years old.