If you feel like you've been changing diapers forever, you're not alone. Over the last few decades, the mean age of potting training has crept up in the United States and other countries, including Brazil, Switzerland and China, the article said. In 1980, the mean age U.S. children were toilet-trained was 26 months. In 2003, it was 36.8 months.
One possible explanation for later potty training is the widespread availability and convenience of disposable diapers, the study authors propose.
Tips to Trouble-Free Toilet Training
When you think it's time, Barone and Stavinoha offer these tips for getting kids trained:
Most likely, your toddler won't actually go, Stavinoha said. But it can help them recognize the urge to go and associate the potty with it.
If a child is 4 or 5 and still not staying dry during the day, or if you suspect the reason may have a physical cause, discuss it with the pediatrician, Stavinoha said.
There's more on potty training at the American Academy of Family Physicians.
SOURCES: Joseph Barone, M.D., chief, urology, Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J.; Peter Stavinoha, Ph.D., clinical neuropsychologist, Children's Medical Center of Dallas; December 2009 Journal of Pediatric Urology