So you’ve made it through the baby stage, and now you have a toddler running around the house causing mayhem! You’re bound to be focusing on new and exciting milestones. One of the most likely being that you’ll be looking for signs that your toddler is ready for potty training.
The age when your toddler will be ready for potty training will vary. Some children are ready by the time they are 2 years old. Other children are well into their 3’s before they are ready. It’s important not to force this on your child; relax and give them the time they need. Potty training too early will not work, and most likely just cause you both stress! (Which I am sure there is already enough of if your household is anything like ours).
Potty training is something which I have been looking into recently. Georgie is coming up for 33 Months and we have been debating on when would be the right time to start potty training. Having done lots of research, I have decided that Georgie is no where near ready to start potty training. But, I’ve narrowed our research into some easy points which you can look for to decide if your toddler is ready for this next stage. So, here goes.
Does Your Toddler Understand Simple Instructions?
Let’s face it, if your toddler cannot understand simple instructions and bathroom lingo then teaching them to use a potty or the toilet is going to be tricky. You might just end up with a naked toddler running around your house, wee-ing everywhere and wondering what on earth is going on and why they aren’t wearing their nappy now. And let’s be honest, a confused and upset toddler doesn’t bode well in this situation. Whichever words or instructions you chose to use, if your toddler cannot use the words themselves then it’s unlikely they’re ready to potty train.
Is Your Toddler Going Longer Between Nappy Changes Than They Used To?
Until they are about 20 months old, most toddlers bodies are not physically ready for potty training. (I appreciate there will be some exceptions, this is just a rough guide). Once a child can go an hour or two without having a wet nappy, and they are occasionally waking with a dry nappy then these are both signs that your toddler’s body is adapting and they are physically ready for potty training. Teaching your toddler to potty train before this happens will most likely result in failure as they won’t be able to train their bladder properly.
Does Your Toddler Hate Having a Wet or Dirty Nappy?
This is a turning point, where you should grab the bull by the horns and go for potty training! Many toddlers, at some point, start to hate having a dirty or wet nappy. This may come at the same time as them hating any kind of mess, dirty hands or a mucky face. Whether it does or not, it’s an ideal time to teach them to use the potty because they want to get out of nappies as much as you want them to!
Can Your Toddler Can Undress Themselves To Some Extent?
There is no point in teaching your child to use a potty if they cannot pull down their bottoms, or lift up their skirt, when they need to. This will just lead to frustration and probably a lot of accidents. It’s definitely worth thinking about the clothes which you are putting your child in when they are potty training, make it as easy as possible for them. Loose fitting clothes which they can easily pull down when needed are ideal!
Can You Can Predict Your Toddlers Bowel Movements?
Although this one isn’t essential, it’s definitely handy. If you know when you can expect your child to have a poo, or do a wee, you can guide them towards the potty and encourage them to use it at these certain times.
And Finally, Does Your Toddler Shows Awareness of Body Functions?
At some point in their toddler years, most children will start to tell you when they are having a poo. If they can’t do this verbally, then they may start crouching in a specific spot or going and hiding in a corner. At this time, you know that they are aware of bodily functions and are ready for potty training.
So, there’s a quick roundup of some signs that your toddler is ready for potty training. Of course, the age of when a child is ready for this milestone will massively vary. And this is not a gospel list. Some children may show all of these points, some only a couple. As a parent, you can judge when you feel the time is right to start potty training. Once you decide it’s the right time, then go for it! And go for it with everything you have!
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