We talk to lots of parents who are uncertain about when to start potty training and what signs to look for in their child. If you pay close attention to your child’s behavior however, it is easy to determine if they are ready for learning how to use the toilet and progressing towards independence.
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- Does my toddler urinate a fair amount at one time?
- Does he/she have regular, well-formed bowel movements at relatively predictable times?
- Does my toddler have “dry” periods of at least three or four hours? (this shows that their bladder muscles are developed enough to hold urine)
- Does he/she dislike the feeling of wearing a wet or dirty diaper?
- Does he/she show an interest in others’ bathroom habits? (wants to watch you go to the bathroom or wear underwear)
- Does my toddler give me a physical or verbal sign when they’re having a bowel movement? (such as grunting, squatting, or telling me)
- Is he/she resistant to learning to use the toilet? (your little one should not resist if ready)
- Can he/she follow simple instructions, such as “go to the bathroom”?
- Does my toddler have words for pee and poop?
Once you answer the above questions, you will have no doubt in your mind about whether or not to start potty training your beloved little one. Although all children develop and behave differently, they will all show most of, if not all, the signs that tell you they are ready for potty learning. Paying close attention to their behaviors is the key to establishing a starting point and success, when teaching your child to use the toilet.
Happy potty learning,