Dr. Betti Hertzberg Ressler is a Board Certified Pediatrician on staff at Miami Children's Hospital. Dr. Hertzberg developed the toilet training video "Let's Go Potty." She is the co-author of "The Doctor's Book of Home Remedies for Children."
Question: My 22 month old daughter has begun telling me when she has "poo-poo" in her diaper. Is this an indication to me that it's time to start potty training? Where and when do I start? - Marie S.
Answer: Dear Marie,
Sounds like your daughter is telling you that she's ready to start potty
The fact that she is verbalizing her disinterest in being soiled is a major
sign of emotional readiness. She is becoming aware that it feels better
walking around in clean clothes rather than poop.
She is at an age when potty training can be rewarding for both her and you as
If you haven't already done so, take her shopping and have her pick out her
own potty. If you already have one, have her decorate it! Have her pick out
"big girl panties." Emotionally, this age is one in which the child feels a
need to be in control i.e.: "The world revolves around me!"
Let her have as much control during this time as possible, with your guidance
Positive reinforcement with stickers or some other form of showing praise
will encourage her even more. Hugs and kisses work quite well. Punishment for
accidents will only delay the process. Also, show her that you are confident
during this time. She will look at your actions and reactions!
One more thing. Make sure there are no new situations such as a new sibling
or major change in the household. Potty training is a major event in her life
where most of her energies are focused. Dealing with more than one major
event for her at this time would be counterproductive.
Good luck with potty training!
Let's Go Potty produced by BlueSuitMom's Pediatric expert Dr. Betti Hertzberg Ressler
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This information is not intended to be a substitute for visiting your pediatrician. If you or your child has specific concerns, you should see your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment.