Some of our closest relatives and friends have been asking why we didn't potty train Adam earlier as he's going to attend his pre-school next year. Some might give us tips to stop him from wearing the diaper and so on. Our reason was simple 'he's not ready'. Though he's technically 4 years old but he's younger as he was born on late December.
I have seen one of my nieces who was potty trained as early as 2 years old defecated on her mom's bed! From there, I know I must wait for the right time or until he's ready.
At the age of 3 years and 8 months, he finally stopped his diaper since last weekend. I have underestimated his ability to do so as he passes his urine in a large quantity everyday. I thought Mastura was a lot easier when she showed several signs that she didn't want to wear the diaper anymore. Like she dried all the night.
To my surprise, Adam could make it within the 1st 2 days! He didn't hide like most of children do for the first one week when he wanted to pee or defecate. He just asked us or his sister to bring him to the toilet. Indeed, for first few hours it was a bit difficult.
He peed in his pant but the quantity was little, even we couldn't find any drop on the floor. Like he suddenly realized that he wasn't wearing the diaper anymore. There was only one night he suddenly awoke. Seemed like he wanted to tell me something but he was silent. I haven't asked him anything too. The next thing I knew, he peed on the cushion.
Now he doesn't come to us anymore to bring him to the toilet. Instead, he just goes there straight away.
Adam with his new hair cut.
How to Know When to Potty Train a ToddlerBy eHow Contributing WriterDon't push your toddler to potty train until he or she is ready - the age can range from 18 months to 3 years.Things You'll Need:Training PantsPotty ChairsHand SoapsStickersInstructions:Step 1 - Look for signs of readiness including staying dry for at least 2 hours during the day, asking to wear "big-kid" underwear, having regular bowel movements, or indicating through facial gestures that he or she is about to go potty.Step 2 - Talk to toddler about using the potty. Choose words to describe body parts, urination and bowel movements, while avoiding words that may be offensive to others or embarrassing to your child.Step 3 - Show toddler how to use the potty and to wipe and wash hands.Step 4 - Encourage toddler to tell you when he or she wants to go potty.Step 5 - Reward your toddler for a job well done.Tips & Warnings:1) Have patience - remember, potty training takes time. Give your toddler a lot of love, support and praise.2) Show appreciation by giving a sticker each time your toddler goes on the big potty.3) Purchase disposable pull-up trainers or cotton training pants.4) Don't discourage your toddler from sitting on the potty because of time constraints.5) Accidents are common - never punish your child for them.6) Since constipation is common during potty training, give your toddler a balanced, fiber-rich diet.Source from eHow.com
Treat each of your children in his/her own way even though between the siblings themselves.