This website is here to help parents in their seemingly daunting task to potty train girls. There are a lifetime’s worth of great memories that parents have wall raising their little girls. One of those great memories however, is not potty training. Changing dirty diapers is one of those things that all parents go through, but wish they didn’t have to. Potty training your daughter takes a great deal of time and patience, along with a fair degree of motivation and cooperation from her as well.
This can be one of the most stressful and frustrating aspects of raising a toddler. The trap that most parents fall into is starting in too early, before their daughter is able to. They are no hard and fast rules as to when to begin.
In some cases, kids can begin as a young as 18 months old, while some may not be prepared or able to learn well until they are in their third or even fourth year. Fortunately, studies show that girls tend to train faster than boys do. And firstborn siblings always take the longest.
While some parents are eager to get a jump on it before their child is emotionally or physically able to, this generally makes the process dragged out and take longer. This means that they will end up potty trained at the same point, regardless of whether you begin earlier.
The first step is to go through a checklist to determine if your daughter is ready for toilet training yet. When you get to that point and are ready to begin, you’ll want to focus on the timing. Your daughter’s routine should be well established. If her routine is in flux, perhaps with the arrival of a new sibling, or beginning a new preschool, she is likely to be much less receptive to changes and might feel too overwhelmed to successfully take on a new challenge.
When you’re ready to begin potty training your girl, make sure you have the right equipment. Experts suggests you buy a good child sized potty, which will help your toddler feel secure and feel that it is her own, rather than the scary proposition of trying to use a regular adults-size toilet. An alternative to a child potty is an adapter seat that attaches to or sits on top of a regular toilet. You’ll need to make sure that it sits in place firmly and is comfortable. If you choose an adapter, you will probably need to get your daughter a stool, as part of good training is for her to learn how to get up and down and maneuver her way on to an off the toilet easily anytime she needs to use it, as well as being able to stabilize herself with her feet to push when she does have a bowel movement.
Potty training girls can be a daunting task, and one that few parents look forward to. But it doesn’t have to be too frustrating if you take care to understand how to go about it properly, buy a good child potty or adapter seat, begin training at the right time, and have some patience. It also helps to have a positive attitude. Remember, this too shall pass as the saying goes!
“Potty Training Girls” written by Melanie Ullman.