10 Signs Your Toddler is Ready for Potty Training

Why You Should Potty Train Your Toddler
July 12, 2018
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10 Signs Your Toddler is Ready for Potty Training

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.

Let’s explore 10 behavioral signs toddlers give parents and caregivers that say “I’m ready for potty training!”

Your toddler will:

  1. Urinate a fair amount at one time.
  2. Begin to have regular bowel movements at fairly predictable times of the day.
  3. Begin staying dry for longer periods.
  4. Wake up dry from a nap.
  5. Dislike having a wet diaper.
  6. Pulls at their wet diaper.
  7. Use his/her words and tell you that they are about to go, have just gone or want to go.
  8. Mimic bathroom behavior and/or show interest in others using the bathroom.
  9. Hide in a corner or under a table when he or she has to pee or poop.
  10. Be able to pull his/her pants up or down.

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.

Let’s explore cognitive signs your toddler is ready for potty training.

You will notice these tell-tell cognitive signs your toddler is ready for potty training. Your child will be able to:

  • Understand what’s happening with their body and can tell you before they have to potty that they have to go.
  • Follow instructions.
  • Do things on his or her own and increasingly wanting more independence.

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.

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