Doesn't Want Diaper Changed

Q: “Our 16-month-old daughter suddenly does not want her diaper changed, especially when she has had a bowel movement. Does this mean she is ready to use the potty?”

A: Your daughter may be making the connection between her dirty diaper and the time getting it changed takes away from her other activities. Make diaper changing more diverting for her with songs and tickles or a small, novel object she can examine while you clean her up.

She may also be ready to sit on a potty a few times a day, as she might prefer to void there than in her diaper. Some children are ready to begin potty learning at 16 months, while most will not be ready for another 6 months or more.

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