The first step to potty training may not be what you think

Getting ready to start potty training can be both exciting and stressful. For many, the first steps are to buy colorful underwear and a toilet training seat. My advice is to start by helping your toddler regulate their stool and avoid constipation, months in advance. Children that suffer from constipation may try to avoid going to the toilet because they experience discomfort while eliminating. Constipation is also linked to frequent urination because of pressure on the bladder. To set your toddler up for success, talk with your pediatrician about what steps you can take ahead of time to help your child regulate their stool. Often, recommendations include feeding a balanced diet with fiber rich foods, increasing the intake of liquids or adding laxatives. If your toddler’s defecation is smooth when you begin, you can shorten the time it takes to potty train and increase your odds of success.