Kandi Waddles, MD, Lexington Clinic Pediatrics
Teaching children to use the potty can evoke anxiety and stress among many first time parents. I have been a pediatrician with Lexington Clinic for almost 9 years and have had many discussions about potty training with parents and have received first hand experience with my two daughters, ages 4 and 6.
As a parent I was concerned about training too early and causing my child to develop resistant behaviors versus waiting too long and missing a window of opportunity when my child would be most receptive to toilet training.
Without a doubt potty training is a challenging experience, but by following the tips below potty training can be made easier and ensure that the experience is rewarding for you and your child!
When to start:
What to do:
What NOT to do:
For overall potty training success, be supportive and patient. Accidents will happen, expect it. Try to keep the experience fun and upbeat and as always in parenting-keep a sense of humor!