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Potty Training, Timing

Potty training timing is key

The most effective time to begin potty training little ones appears to be between the ages of 24 to 32 months, according to the results of a new study performed at The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. The researchers found that the timing of toilet training matters more than the specific training method used.

The results were published in the January 2010 issue of the Journal of Pediatric Urology. For the study, researchers observed 150 children between the ages of 4 and 12 years. The scientists determined that children who had received toilet training after 32 months of age were more likely to have incidences of bed-wetting, day-wetting and other urge incontinence issues.

Parents shouldn’t feel pressured to get their children out of diapers, but they may be able to sidestep future incontinence issues in their children by starting potty training lessons before the age of 32 months.


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