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3. Goin’ potty

Potty training marks the end of nappies and the beginning of knickers or underpants. End of babyhood, start of toddlerhood. Worried your child will never be continent and still need nappies at university?

Like many parents, you might be uncertain when to start potty training. Most baby books suggest somewhere between 18 and 24 months.

The real answer: when your child is ready. This is usually nearer the 24-month mark for girls and up to 36 months for boys. Other children are fully trained at one year but this particular milestone is no indicator of a child’s intelligence.

To find out if your child is ready or not, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is my child dry for at least two hours during the day?
  • Does she clutch ...

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