Going from diapers to totally trained can take your toddler anywhere from three to six months or longer. Here are some of the best tips for potty training from one of Canada's leading parenting experts.
Bed-wetting, also known as enuresis, happens in about 40 percent of three-year-olds and 20 percent of five-year-olds. It is more likely to happen in boys and tends to run in families. If you were a bed-wetter, your child has a 45 percent chance of following in your wet footsteps. If both parents were bed-wetters the chance goes up to 77 percent!
One of the most common and frustrating toilet training roadblocks is when a child willingly pees on the potty but demands a diaper, or uses his pants, for bowel movements. Some children will actually hold their bowel movements and create severe constipation, which further complicates the issue.
Constipation is one of the most common and challenging problems of childhood. It refers to a pattern of infrequent bowel motions associated with hard stools, straining and discomfort. There is a wide variation in the frequency with which children pass stools. Some babies and children will go three times daily, while others will have a bowel movement every three days. Both patterns may be normal. It is not so much the frequency of stools that makes the diagnosis of constipation, but rather the associated symptoms of pain, hard stools and straining.
Babies are little bundles of energy. Most simply don’t want to lie still to have their diapers changed. They cry, fuss or even crawl away. A simple diaper change can turn into an epic tug-of-war between parent and baby. Here’s how to make your baby’s diaper changes go more smoothly: