Potty training for girls and boys is one of those writs of passage parents believe children should be ready for by 2 years old. Though toddlers develop the skills to become potty trained between 2 and 4 years old, there is no specific age determinant for when a child is ready for potty training. It is best to begin potty training before your child is 30 months.
A toddler will, however, show physical, behavioral and cognitive signs that they are ready. Parents usually set the potty training goal of dryness according to their child’s daytime habits. But it’s important to set two dryness goals: daytime and nighttime dryness.
Your toddler will:
In addition to behavioral signs, we do not want to dismiss the cognitive signs that display the child’s maturity level. While there is no perfect age for potty training for boy, waiting could increase your child’s resistance to transitioning from diapers.
You will notice these tell-tell cognitive signs your toddler is ready for potty training. Your child will be able to:
These signs are the perfect time for parents and caregivers to begin asking their child “Do you have to go potty?” Positive reinforcement is a great way to encourage kids to want to use the potty. Giving your child a gold star or other reward for going potty can be a great way to encourage potty training behavior. Create a special “potty” song. If you haven’t already, introduce routines that include healthy and safety practices such as hand-washing with the hand-washing song afterwards.
Remember, there’s no perfect age to begin potty training. It’s best to pay attention to your child’s behaviors. Adjust to your child’s body’s developing schedule and potty training style. You’ll learn so many interesting things about your child by observing their “I think I’m ready for potty training” behavior.