When's the Best Time to Start Potty Training?

When considering the timing of potty training, few parents ask themselves this important question.

While some children learn to use the potty relatively quickly, others take more time to integrate this brand new skill.

Pick a time that you are not overly stressed and can give extra patience to your little one, as inevitable misses will occur! If you resort to melt downs during this trial-and-error period of learning, you may negatively charge your child's experience.

Also, consider your availability. Is this a time when you will be working long hours? Perhaps you might want to wait until you are back to a more normal schedule. It is important to be consistent in your availability to help your child when she needs your assistance going to the potty. Otherwise you may set up a prolonged and frustrating experience for the both of you.

Excerpted from articles by parenting experts Janis Keyser and Laura Davis, and family therapist Dr. Gayle Peterson

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