You’re likely eager for the day to come when you no longer have to deal with diapers. But potty training is often a trying experience for kids and parents alike. While some little girls are eager to ditch the diapers and use the toilet like a “big girl,” others are reluctant. However, with patience and guidance you’re little cutie will eventually come around.
When Potty Training Begins and Ends
Gender itself has little to do with when a child becomes fully toilet-trained; however, the fact that toddler boys are often more physically active than girls can somewhat delay a boy’s potty training, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Most toddlers will start to develop an interest in potty training between 18 and 24 months old, but some little ones won’t show any interest until age 2 ½. It typically takes about three to six months to finish potty training, although it can take longer, notes the KidsHealth website. Also, even once your little one is diaper free, she might continue to have accidents at night for months or even years longer as she continues to gain control of her bladder.
While every child is different, about 22 percent of children are out of diapers by age 2 ½, while 88 percent are potty trained by age 3 ½, according to the Zero to Three website. So it’s quite normal if your daughter is still trying to master potty training as she approaches her third birthday. Try not to make it too much of a big deal when she successfully uses the potty or when she has an accident, as this can stress her out – making her feel like she needs to succeed. Such anxiety can stall her progress.
Readiness and Timing
Potty training your daughter before she’s ready can cause fear and resentment. However, if your sweetie pie can keep her diapers dry for at least two hours, tell you when she needs to go, and can follow your directions, odds are that she’s ready to tackle potty training, according to the KidsHealth website. Keep in mind that stressful situations, like starting daycare or getting a new sibling, might cause your daughter to regress. In these types of situations, you might want to postpone potty training until after her environment stabilizes.
When to Seek Help
If your preschooler is resisting potty training or isn’t progressing, speak to her pediatrician. Physical problems, including infections, can impede your child’s progress. Your pediatrician might also refer you to a child development specialist, who can help identify the reason why your little girl is struggling with potty training.