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Toilet Training, Reimers

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Toilet Training

A few things parents should look for when they want to know if their child is ready for toilet training. One is their child needs to be able to wake up from naps dry; or wake up in the morning dry to show if they have the ability to control their bladder. If not, parents should start working on bladder training with them. A child also needs to have the mobility to get to the bathroom on their own, they need to have the fine motor skills they need to remove their clothing and then manage that on their own. So basically parents need to first see a physical awareness of the need to urinate or have a bowel movement and then secondly, have the physical dexterity to take care of the toileting needs themselves.

I think the biggest misconception parents have when it come to toilet training is that they believe it starts at a specific age. A lot of parents get the idea that toilet training should start when their child turns two. The most important thing that parents need to think about when it comes to toilet training is that, first of all a child has to be ready for toilet training, that doesn't always happen at age two. The other thing about toilet training is that parents need to understand that it’s a process. It's a learning process with their child and it's a teaching process for the parent and the book really talks about that it's a whole process, a process that will help toilet training be successful.