Is It Time for Toilet Training?
This is a huge topic for parents of toddlers and preschoolers. You may have noticed that your toddler tells you when he needs a diaper change or that his diapers are not as full after he sleeps. He may be more curious about what happens when adults go into the bathroom and even watch you in action as if you are a science experiment. These are some of the signs of toilet training readiness.
But we warn you—many toddlers show these signs but are still not ready for the big step to underpants. Support your toddler appropriately. You may want to buy a potty and have it available in the bathroom for him to explore, or you can buy a few books or videos about children who are learning to use the toilet. (Use this potty-training checklist to ensure you're set to get started.)
Learning to hold and release one's bowels is up to the child. There are physical, emotional, and cognitive factors that must play together. It is the ultimate demonstration of control for the child. (Find out if your child is ready to start toilet training with our quiz.)
Again, like the crib-to-bed switch, this is a huge chapter for toddlers and their parents—one that should not be opened if there are other stressful events occurring in the household.
Baby Turns Two!
High five, Mom and Dad! You can proudly congratulate yourselves on making it through a second year with your child. (Just think about where you were this time last year!)
Of course, whatever kind of celebration you choose to mark your child's entrance into his third year will be special for you and your family. If you're looking for some help planning a small or super-sized party, use these simple ideas, tested and vetted by other parents like you: