Most child development experts agree that the best time for toilet training is when your child shows signs of readiness, such as pulling at a wet diaper, hiding to pee or poop, and staying dry for longer than usual. But if your child has been showing signs of readiness, and you're just waiting for the ideal time to start, here are a few reasons why summer is a great time for potty training:
1. More Time at Home
Preschool summer breaks mean your child will be spending more time with you at home, which enables you to create consistency in their routine. Use our potty training chart to track and reward your child's success.
2. Fewer Layers
When potty training, your child will need to be able to get undressed quickly. When they've "gotta go," it's easiest when they're wearing less.
3. Preschool Readiness
Some preschools require children to be potty-trained at a certain age (usually 3) by the time school rolls around in September. If your child's school is one of them, it's best to start earlier in the summer to work on this skill, rather than waiting until the last week of August.
4. Bare Bottoms Accepted
In warmer months, it's okay to let your child walk around the house in their underwear, allowing them to more quickly notice when they're wet.
5. Creative Undergarments
You an even opt to use swim trunks instead of training pants, especially when your child is outside. Like underwear, swim trunks allow your child to feel when they are wet, and the swim trunks can be easily sprayed off with the outdoor hose.
6. Summertime = Outside
And being outside = less mess to clean.
Have you potty-trained a child in the summer months? What tips do you have to share? Post them in the comments below.
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