All parents want that satisfaction and convenience of having their children toilet trained from as early an age as possible. The question is what is the toilet training age? There is nothing better than noticing for the first time that you don’t have to pack a “baby bag” filled with diapers, nappies, wipes, mats, creams, powders and everything else associated with baby changing. Some parents, however, put way too much pressure on themselves and their toddler to try and get this happening.
So what is the toilet training age?
The answer is heavily debated, and the answers mixed. However, it seems the consensus for successful toilet training of your toddler is between the ages of around 16 months to 2 years. Bear in mind that this is the general “starting point, ” and not the actual time-frame your toddler should be fully toilet trained.
Some people have reported full toilet training by the age of 14 to 18 months, but this is extremely rare. I guess that the key points in deciding to start toilet training are not so much age related but actually action related. For instance, there is some critical behavior displayed by your toddler that will show you the time is right to get started.They include;
Firstly, this is a discussion stage. If you and your toddler can not communicate what is required, then you have zero chance of success. Your toddler needs to be able to understand simple one, two and three-word combinations, so they will at least understand what it is you want them to do.
Change in realization
Secondly, their achievement must have changed. They must know that either a) they are just about to go or b) they come up and tell you they have just gone. This stage is also very much highlighted by the “hiding” stage where your toddler will go and hide under a table, in another room or even behind the couch to do their business. Your toddler will also need to have shown that they can “hold it” for a much longer time than before.
Interest in toilet training
Thirdly, your toddler has started to show interest in why we all go to that little room and may also start to imitate other family members and want to be “grown up” and use the toilet.
Pant removing art
And fourthly, they have mastered the art of removing their pants (very frustrating – kids love to be naked!), and they feel discomfort, or show an express dislike to be wearing a dirty nappy. Positive encouragement, gentle teaching and love combined with proven methods and techniques will ensure you successfully navigate this stage in your toddler’s life quickly and without fuss.