Becoming potty trained is an important milestone in your child’s life, and many parents can’t wait for their child to be potty trained so that they can be done with diapers. When it comes to using the potty, most children will start to learn between the ages of two and three, but others will learn sooner than that while others will learn later.
When it comes down to potty training, you need to make sure that your child is ready before you start the process. If you try to introduce potty training before your child is ready, you will not be successful and both you and your child will become frustrated. In order to determine if your child is ready to start potty training, look out for the following signs.
Your child is interested in the potty.
If your child has gained interest in what you do in the bathroom and why you’re not wearing diapers, there’s a good chance they’re ready to start potty training. Your child will express an interest in your bathroom habits as well as the purpose of their own toddler potty or the family toilet, and this could be a good time to introduce them to using it on their own.
Your child is dry for at least two hours.
If your child can keep a dry diaper for at least two hours, it’s a sign they’re ready to use the potty. Children that continue to urinate more than every two hours are still in need of a diaper because they don’t recognize bladder control and may simply be peeing a little at a time. Once your child remains dry for at least two hours, you could start introducing potty training.
Your child knows words for their bodily functions.
If your child knows words for their bodily functions, such as pee-pee, poo-poo and potty, then you could start to introduce potty training. Your child needs to be able to express to you that they need to use the bathroom, and knowing the words for bathroom-related terminology can help in the potty training process.
They have regular bowel movements.
You want your child to have regular bowel movements before you start to potty train. This means that you not only want their bowel movements to be consistent and somewhat predictable on a daily basis, but you want to make sure that your child has solid bowel movements. If your child is constantly suffering from loose stools or diarrhea, it will make potty training more difficult.
They understand directions.
Potty training your child means that you’ll need to teach your child how to use the toilet, and this will require your child to be able to understand and follow directions. If your child cannot understand the directions that you give, it will be hard for them to comprehend not only how to use the potty, but when they should use the potty.
If your child meets all of these requirements, it’s likely that your child is ready to be potty trained. Just remember that not all kids will be potty trained at the same age, so don’t worry if your child is a little older than others who are already potty trained. Keep in mind that your child will not start their first day of college without knowing how to use the toilet, so don’t worry.