January 19, 2021 1 Comment
It starts way before you think you need it. Exposing your child to the toilet as a baby will help make the process easier when they are a toddler.
There are two schools of thought: exposure vs novelty. Some people believe in keeping the potty hidden until they are capable of starting the process. When I say exposure, I like the idea of using the potty as part of your daily routine starting at around 6 months old. (i.e. everyday before bath, they sit on the potty.) That said, when they no longer want to use it (which can happen between 12 and 18 months) you can take it away thus saving the novelty of it for when you are ready to potty train.
The other thing I advise parents to do is to have their child throw away their diaper when they start walking between 10-16 months (pee diapers only). Also, you can make it annoying to change their diaper between 22-24 months plus. Even when they are in the middle of playing, change their diaper (though it is harder on you). When it becomes a nuisance they will be more likely to do it on their own and want more control over it, thus promoting autonomy which is what they crave at this developmental stage.