Every child develops and hits their milestones at different times and learning to master potty training is no exception. We understand how difficult introducing potty training can be, so we’ve compiled some potty training tips to help with the transition.
Typically, children will be ready to potty train between 18 and 24 months of age. Of course, this time frame does not apply to all children and each family’s experience will be different. Some families choose to wait until their child is 2.5 to 3 years old because their bladder control is more reliable and some children may not show they are interested until they are 3 or 4 years old. If your family is beginning to think about potty training your toddler, look out for signs that your child is ready. Signs that they are ready include:
- Ideally can pull pants up and down
- Coordinated enough to walk steadily
- Dislikes wearing a wet or dirty diapers
- Has a dry diaper for two hours or longer during the day
- Shows an interest in other people’s bathroom habits or wanting to wear underwear
- Understands physical signals that mean they have to go and can tell you before it happens or can hold it long enough to get to the bathroom
- Can follow simple instructions
Once you begin to see these signs, slowly start suggesting your child use the potty. Families can begin introducing potty training prior to seeing any of these cues from their children, however research shows that waiting until then will help make the process much smoother.
It’s important for families to keep in mind that potty training is a process and that it may be easier to make the transition in steps. Some families like to begin potty training by switching their children to pull-ups or training pants to help with the transition to underwear. Families can also help children make the connection that when their bodies feel a certain way, it means they need to use the rest room by watching for cues. These cues include swaying from side to side or grabbing themselves. When you see these signs, remind your child by asking them if they need to use the bathroom. Be careful not to ask too often as your child may become less receptive and not learn as quickly to make the connection themselves.
What tips would you give to families who are thinking about introducing potty training to their children?