Toilet training is a process in which children learn to urinate
and have bowel movements in the toilet. Using the toilet is a developmental
milestone. This means that it is one of the events that a doctor uses to tell
whether a child is developing at a normal pace.
A child must be
both physically and emotionally ready before toilet training can succeed. Some
children may be ready to begin toilet training as early as 18 months of age. Most are ready to begin toilet training between the ages of 22 and 30 months.
Most children are able to successfully use the toilet around age 3, usually
some time between 26 months and 38 months of age. Girls usually become
toilet-trained a few months earlier than boys.
Stress in the home
can delay a child's readiness to become toilet-trained. Attempting toilet
training if the child is not physically and emotionally ready leads to
frustration for both the parents and the child.
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
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