Some signs of potty training readiness include:
- Staying dry for at least two hours (which indicates a sign of bladder readiness).
- Regularity in bowel movements which seem predictable. (Most children that show signs of being ready to use the potty. Watch their body language. For example, they might hide somewhere for "privacy." You will also notice a difference in their facial expression as they are going in their diaper).
- Communicating discomfort when wet or soiled diaper.
- Can the child sit quietly in one position for two to five minutes?
- Can your charge follow basic instructions?
- Does the child seem comfortable sitting on the potty chair?
- Can the child communicate in simple phrases?
- Does the child seem to show an understanding of putting things where they belong?
Before potty training, it’s important that you prepare the child. Discuss what is about to take place. Let him know of how proud you are of how much he has grown and will be now using the potty. Allow the child to get accustomed to seeing the potty prior to the training. Encourage her to sit on it once in a while. Feel free to rent or buy potty training books and DVDs to prepare the child for potty training.
Lynn Wariara has worked as a nanny since 1992. She is writing a book for parents hiring a nanny and a series of children's books and posts a blog at: auntemma.wordpress.com
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