Saturday, November 25, 2017

Toilet training practices are varied around the world: Is there one right way?

Are two-year-olds too young to start toilet training?
For many children, yes. Especially boys. At least, that’s what American pediatricians would likely say. Nowadays, only around half of children in the U.S. are fully toilet-trained by age three.
Split pants let a Chinese boy go when he needs to. Daniel CaseCC BY-SA
Chinese grandmothers would be appalled. They’d likely point out that with “split pants,” most kids are trained by age two. This traditional wardrobe item features an opening along the crotch seam, allowing children to urinate and defecate freely without soiling their clothes. These garments remain the pants style of choice for toddlers living in the Chinese countryside.

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