Girls tend to grasp potty training earlier compared to their male counterparts. Professionals dealing with children growth issues attribute this to the fact that girls are not as easily distracted as boys. Many parents, especially the younger ones usually wonder at what age to potty train their children. However, this does not mean that parents of baby girls should be in a hurry to potty train their daughters.
Motivating potty training for girls
Besides positive motivation and a reasonable degree of motivation, teaching a child how to use a potty properly also requires a lot of patience, skills and time. Research reveals that toddlers who have older siblings to imitate are easier to train compared to firstborns.
As much as one can start training a girl earlier, there are indications to watch out for to determine if your daughter is ready for the ordeal. While some baby girls can start as earlier as 18 months, others may not show any sign of readiness until they hit 3 or 4 years.
Train at the right time
Recent research indicates that the process of potty training takes longer when parents and caregivers introduce the potty at an earlier age. This translates into wastage of time and exposing the baby to unnecessary processes. In any case, your daughter ends up mastering the skill at the same time with her counterparts whose parents waited for the “right” time.
The first thing to do when you want to introduce your daughter to the potty is to test and see if she is ready for the training. However, avoid such periods as when she has a new sibling or has just joined preschool. This is because during this time your daughter will likely be too overwhelmed and less receptive to transition or new challenges. The presence of a new sibling is enough to challenge as it sparks a natural toddler resistance in her.
Signs that she is ready for the training
A baby is more likely to open up to new ideas when new challenges are out of the way. Exhibition of such behavior as pulling at a dirty or wet diaper, hiding to poop or pee, and developing an unfaltering interest in other family members’ use of the toilet are all signs that your daughter wants to take that big step and stop messing her diapers.