How to know if your child is ready to potty train

How to know if your child is ready to potty train

Signs that your baby is ready to move from nappies to the pants.

Forget the stories you’ve heard about genius babies at ten months old who woke up one morning with full control of their bladders and were fully potty trained by bed time.

For the majority of parents and children, potty training is a long, drawn out and difficult process, but it’s worth it in the end – we promise! The key is knowing when your child is ready to make the switch.

Unfortunately there’s no magic age at which children decide they’re able to use the potty. Most toddlers will start showing signs of being ready to potty train from about 18 months and older. From that age, children begin developing the cognitive and physical skills needed to control their bladders.

That said, it will take some children to the age of four to be fully potty trained. The ability to use the potty is not linked to a child’s intellect, so don’t feel pressured into potty training your little one. Waiting until they are actually ready will make the process easier for them and for you.

Children ready to be potty trained will likely show some or all of the following signs:

  • Staying dry for at least two hours between wet nappies is a first indication that your child has control over their urges
  • If your little one has regular and fairly predictable bowl movements, they might be ready to use the potty.
  • A toddler ready to be potty trained may start behaving differently when they are doing their business. They may move to another part of the room, interrupt what they are doing, become embarrassed, or cover their face.
  • They might tell you if they are wet or have a full nappy. This is a sure sign that they are aware of what’s going on down there.
  • They can get off and on the potty by themselves and pull up/down their own pants.
  • If they have friends, siblings or cousins using the potty, a ready child will become interested in using it themselves.



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