After many months of changing thousands of diapers, it is no wonder you are ready to start potty training your toddler. Most children have developed the physical and cognitive skills to start the potty training process around 18 to 24 months; others aren’t ready until age three. It is just as important for your toddler to be ready to learn!
Physical signs your toddler is ready for potty training:
Coordinated enough to walk and run steadily.
Urinates a fair amount at one time.
= Have “dry” periods of at least two hours or during naps. This indicates that the bladder muscles have developed enough to hold urine.
Have regular, well-formed bowel movements that
are at relatively predictable times.
Behavioral signs your toddler is ready for potty training:
= Doesn’t like the feeling of wearing a wet, dirty diaper.
Can pull his pants up or down.
Can sit in one position for several minutes at a
Gives verbal or physical signs that he is having
a bowel movement.
Demonstrates a need for independence.
Takes pride in his accomplishments.
Cognitive signs that your toddler is ready for potty
Can follow simple instructions.
Understands the value of putting things where
Have words for urine and stool.
= Can understand the physical signs of having to use the bathroom and can tell you before it happens or even hold it until they get to a restroom.
As you begin the journey to a land where diapers are no
more, remember that potty training takes time. Be patient with your toddler,
praise them often each time they use the bathroom, and accept that there will
be some accidents along the way.