Toilet training can sure take a toll on one’s patience. For one, you usually have to wait until your child is ready before you can start. And while you’re toilet training already, sometimes it’s a hit-or-miss thing (no pun intended!).
My eldest daughter, P, has just started toilet training. She’s already three-and-a-half and it’s only now that she’s started. My wife and I had actually been planning to toilet train her before starting school (she’s attending Beginners’ level right now), but apparently she wasn’t ready yet. So she’s been wearing her nappies even to school until that time a few weeks ago when she told us she didn’t want to wear diapers anymore.
Toilet training doesn’t really come at a “right” or “prescribed” time or age. You just have to wait until your child is ready. You have to wait until your child is mature enough to understand that she has to go to the toilet; otherwise she’s going to wet herself and/or the floor (or other furniture) if she misses.
How do you know she’s ready? It’s usually when she can already tells you she wants to go pee or poo-poo. This means she’s already aware of how it feels when one is full, and she’s already aware that she should hold it in until that time she has access to a toilet (or a toilet trainer).
Remember, there’s no age “too old” or “too young” for toilet training. This depends on emotional maturity and readiness, so it can come at different ages.
Originally posted on February 17, 2007 @ 7:45 am