The Ideal Age
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), there is no exact age to start potty training. Rather, parents are advised to observe and wait for certain signs of readiness in their child:
Boys vs. Girls
Generally, girls are potty-trained faster than boys. Although both genders begin training by sitting down, boys have to eventually stand up and aim. Both boys and girls will benefit from a padded potty seat that fits over standard toilet seats.
Make hand washing a must for both boys and girls after using the toilet.
Try giving your child special prizes like stickers that he can affix to a progress chart. Let him pick the potty seat he likes best. When shopping for “big-kid” underwear, let him choose those printed with favorite items like cartoon characters or mascots.
Encourage them to ask questions and give honest and simple explanations.
Daytime vs. Nighttime
To prevent accidents during the nighttime, have your child use disposable training pants which are easy to pull down and up if and when he goes to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Also, monitor fluid intake before bedtime.
When accidents happen, handle them matter-of-factly as much as possible, coupled with love and understanding.
Avoid accidents by suggesting regular bathroom breaks like upon waking up, after eating and drinking, before going out of the house and before sleeping. Also, always have a change of clothing and underwear ready if you are going out with your toddler.
Stop toilet training for the meantime when your child refuses to cooperate, listen or obey. Wait a few weeks before resuming the training and until your child is less negative. If your child tends to be constipated a lot, address that issue first as it may be the reason for his reluctance.