Each child learns to use the toilet in his or her own time.

Teaching your child how to use the toilet takes time and patience. Here is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics to help guide you and your child through the process.

Children have no control over bladder or bowel movements before age 12 months. Many children start to show signs of being ready between 18 and 24 months of age. Some children may not be ready until 36 months or older. Remember that it’s normal for time frames to vary.

Most children can control their bowels and daytime urine by 3 to 4 years of age. Your child is able to stay dry during the day before being able to be dry at night. Most children are able to stay dry at night between 5 and 7 years of age.

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