How do you know your toddler is ready to potty train? Sometimes, they will walk up to you and let you know, but for most of us, we’re stuck trying to figure out if it is worth the effort to try now, or if we should wait a few more months. There are so many potty training methods to choose from, but all the research on all the different ways to do it won’t matter if the timing is not right.
While every child is different, there are some readiness signs that apply to most kiddos to make potty training an easier less stressful time of life.
- Personal Awareness – If your child still doesn’t seem to notice or care when their diaper is wet, it’s likely that they aren’t quite aware enough to begin using the potty on their own just yet. You want to watch for that awareness and desire to be dry and clean, as this is one of the top signs that the child understands there is something going on down there and can start learning about how to make it to the potty in time.
- Climb on the potty – While they do make some adorable toddler-size potties, that doesn’t help when you are out in public. Also, am I the only one grossed out by having to clean that little potty cup thing? Gross. Even if they need a little stool, it’s so much easier to train when they are able (and not terrified) to climb up on the regular potty themselves.
- Be More Patient – A child’s patience isn’t normally something that’s talked about in relation to toilet training, but I think it’s an important piece. The child needs to have some level of understanding about waiting in order to be able to stop something fun to rush to the potty, instead of just going in the underwear.
- General speech – The ability to clearly communicate the need to use the restroom. It’s not uncommon for young toddlers to still fuss for a lot of things, simply because they can’t find the right words to say in a specific situation. Not being able to quickly differentiate between an “I want a snack” fuss with an “I need to go potty” fuss can get messy fast! Learning words like “potty” and when to use them, is definitely a skill that’s essential before the great potty training adventure begins!
How did you know your kids were ready to potty train?
When you are ready to start that journey, be sure to check out these awesome potty training essentials to make the stage of life SO much easier!
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