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Learn how to potty-train with tips from our blogger

Potty-training is probably one of the more challenging aspects of parenting a toddler. Some toddlers simply fall into the task with ease, but for many, any number of things can go awry. This brings up many questions from parents:

1. How do I know when it's the right time to start encouraging potty-training?
Most toddlers are ready to be potty-trained between 18 and 24 months of age. You can watch out for the following signs that your toddler is ready:

· Your toddler tells you when he is about to wee in his nappy.
· Your toddler requests to take his nappy off to wee or refuses to wear a nappy.
· Your toddler shows interest in sitting on the toilet or weeing in the garden bed.
· Your toddler has dry nappies for two to three hour stretches.

2. When should I potty-train my toddler?
The easiest time to potty-train is in the summer months. The reason is that in the warmth of summer it is easy to remove the nappy and allow your baby to wander around outside. If your toddler has the odd accident in this outdoor space, it is not a crisis and through these little mishaps, your toddler will learn the clear connection between feeling the urge to go to the toilet and making a wee. I believe the best time to potty-train is in the summer after your toddler turns 18 months.

3. How do I potty-train?
If you are potty-training in summer, let your little one wander around with no pants or nappy on. When he asks to go to the potty, take him immediately to a potty to make the wee. In addition to responding to his requests to go to the potty, set an alarm clock for every two hours. As the alarm goes off, take him to the potty so that there are fewer incidents of mishaps. Whenever he gets it right and makes it to the potty or makes a wee or poo when taken, reward him with suitable praise for achieving the task.