Is there any right
age to toilet train your child?
Fortunately and unfortunately there is no potty training
age as such. Some toddlers show signs of readiness before
turning 18 months and some after 4 years of age. But
typically it seems to be between ages 2-4. Generally
babies from the time they are born till about 18 months,
learn to empty their bladder and bowels after a feed
when their tummies are full. This is therefore more
of a reflex than a voluntary action. Toddlers generally
develop in phases.
Around this time they acquire some control over their
muscles and some awareness on when they have peed or
pooped. After turning 2, the muscle control is further
enhanced, and awareness as she is peeing or passing
a BM becomes more obvious. During the next phase, the
control increases and her consciousness of peeing and
pooping even before it happens, develops.
During the final phase your child will have both the
awareness and the ability to hold the wee and BM before
reaching the potty or the toilet bowl (whichever your
child has been using), thereby reducing the episodes
of misses and messes. Some research shows that no matter
which age you start potty training, toddlers tend to
decide that they want to move on from diapers to the
toilet only around 3½, and not earlier. Preschool also
proves to work as an incentive in the potty-training
area as your child starts to notice other kids and in
wanting to fit in the crowd, he will be all set to train
and become fully trained within a short span of time.
Both these points seem to suggest that chances of your
child being fully potty trained will be around this