How Do I Know My Child is Ready for Toilet/Potty Training?

Published Mon, May 31 2021 12:55 PM Updated Mon, May 31 2021 2:50 PM
How Do I Know My Child is Ready for Toilet/Potty Training?
toddler on potty

Potty training is a huge event for the child and for the parents as well. But it can also be a very trying (and messy) process.

The best thing you can do to ensure that everything goes smoothly as possible is to make sure that your child is ready for being potty trained. 

Here are some signs that will let you know your child is ready for potty training:

  1. Your child understands potty lingo. They tell you when they have pooped or peed in their diapers. This is a good sign because it tells you they understand the concept of urination and defecation. 

 

2. They are having fewer dirty and wet diapers. This shows that the child is learning bladder and bowel control, which typically happens when they are around 18 months old. Their bowel movements will also be more predictable in this stage. 

3. They are interested in your bathroom habits. You will notice that your child is showing interest in knowing what you do in the bathroom. This is the perfect time to potty train them as you show them by example and make it into a fun activity. 

4. They can undress themselves. This is important because they will need to know how to pull down their pants for going to the potty. 

5. They want to be more independent. A toddler will start expressing their desire to be more independent at a certain stage in their life, such as wanting to make decisions on what to wear, what to eat, etc. 

6. They are able to follow instructions. Once you notice that your child is able to follow simple instructions, they are ready for being potty trained.

7. They don’t like being in a dirty diaper for too long. If your child is aware of the discomfort they feel from being in a wet or dirty diaper, it may be a good time to teach them to ditch the diapers altogether. 

 

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