When it comes to potty training, whether it’s potty training boys or girls, trying to get a head start is not very beneficial, in fact it can be more likely that trying to toilet train your child before he or she shows readiness signs can make the process take longer than it normally would.
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When is the best time to start potty training your daughter?
Girls tend to show readiness signs between 2 and 2 1/2 years of age, 3 months earlier then boys. If a girl has older siblings training can start even earlier.
The natural learning technique for toddlers is to imitate their parents, the same goes for toilet training your daughter. Teaching her how to use the potty is much easier if you start by encouraging copycat behavior. Take her with you in the bathroom while you’re using the toilet and have a potty ready for her. At this point, telling her stories on how big girls pee and poop in the potty can be very helpful to spark her interest for the potty.
Girls also have a stronger desire then boys to stay clean and not wet their underwear, so it’s very common for a girl to tell her mommy if she needs to go right from the start.
When it comes to potty training girls, a very important aspect is teaching your daughter how to properly wipe herself.
Instruct your daughter to carefully wipe herself from front to back to prevent bringing germs from the rectum to the vagina or bladder. If this routine is to hard for her to grasp, teach her how to pat the area dry after she pees. If you can find it consider buying toilet paper in pink or your daughter’s favorite color, this also helps getting her motivated to wipe.
According to medical statistics, bladder infections while uncommon, are more likely to appear in girls who are in the process of being toilet trained.
Urinary infections in toddlers can be easily detected if you know what to look for. The usual symptoms are:
- the frequent need to pee or a sudden need to go
- your daughter feels pain while peeing
- abdominal or pelvic pain complaints
- starts to wet herself after complete bladder control has been mastered
If you feel your daughter is in any of the situations above, the best thing to do is call her doctor and have her checked up.
Very often, girls will easily learn how to use the potty for peeing but they’ll still want to poop in the diaper. At this point, the best tip is not give in and switch back to diapers. Instead of that take some extra time to talk to your daughter and tell her how big girls poop, and that she is now a big girl too. Eventually, girls will be willing to poop in the potty even if it’s just to keep their new “big girl” underpants clean.
How to mix up training with fun games that spark interest
Sometimes, the things you would never think to try are the ones that drive the best results.
Since girls play a lot of pretend games with their dolls and stuffed animals, a fun game to try is “potty training pretend”. This involves using your daughter’s favorite doll or stuffed animal and placing it on a pretend potty next to her while she’s sitting on her own potty.
Another fun method is to put some food coloring in the toilet and watch your daughter become amazed at how she is able to change the color of the water by peeing.
Commong problems when toilet training older girls
The ideal age to start potty training a girl is between 18 and 24 months, this is the period girls start to get a stronger desire to be clean, therefore showing more interest in the potty.
It’s common for older kids, girls aswell as boys to be afraid to release bodily fluids and solids. This can be quite frustrating for the parents, but it is important to hide this frustration from your child. All you can do in a situation like this is to be encouraging and very supportive. It’s times like this when making a huge deal out of every success can do a lot of good to the training process.
Older girls can experience conflicts between wanting to be a baby and wanting to be a big girl, which can cause them to have fits and tantrums even over the most basic instructions. Girls are harder to train once they’ve reached reasoning age and begin to manipulate rewards.
With all this being said, teaching girls how to use the potty is still easier than training boys. Personally I hope these tips will aid you in successfully training your little daughter and get rid of diapers for good.