Baby’s potty training is an emotive subject. It is enshrouded with social feeling, status, and pride. As one expert on baby care recently wrote: “To some others their baby’s toilet control ability represents a desirable status symbol, and these mothers will wish to start training early.”
However, it is pointless trying to expect the impossible. This is only one aspect of total infant training. It is foolish to expect remarkable achievements when one will readily accept the fact it will take months years for other facets of baby’s upbringing to develop.
The majority of infants do not achieve the ability to control their bowels and bladders until well into the second year. In many cases, it is much nearer the third year.
Mothers will hotly dispute this. However, for those claiming early success in their “potty” experiments, the chances are more likely to be that the mother has been trained rather than baby.
Baby’s system has several well-defined reflexes. One of these is the bowel reflex, soon after food enters the stomach, many babies have the desire to have a bowel movement.
If the mother has become accustomed to giving baby the potty at this time, she will mistakenly believe she has trained him.
Be contented to take time, have patience, and do not expect miracles in the training program. Gentle encouragement will give great rewards; early premature expectations can only produce hazards later.
People aslo ask
I recently started potty-training my 16-month-old daughter. At first she would sit on her potty for me, but after a short time she would no longer go near it. I have tried everything including using one of her teddies as an example. Could you please suggest something?
For the time being, We would suggest you give up all attempts at toilet-training. It seems your young daughter is not ready to start sitting on a potty. Further attempts at persuasion may only give rise to long term problems relating to toilet habits.
Try sitting her on a potty again in about three months’ time. If that fails don’t make any attempts to cajole her. Let another three months go by before you try again.
My experience is that persistent and unwarranted attempts to persuade a young child to develop early toilet training can prolong the time the child would normally take to get out of nappies. In rarer instances, it can lead to chronic bowel problems such as constipation and spastic colon later in life.
A number of pediatricians believe no real attempt should be made to toilet train until the age of 18 months unless the child itself shows a desire to sit on the potty or demonstrates anger at dirtying its diaper or nappy.