Signs That Your Child Is Ready for Potty Training

The days of diapers can be adorable at first, but as a child grows, most parents have an eye on their wallet and are hopeful to see their kids move on to using a potty. As with many developmental milestones, a child is probably going to mostly tell you when they’re ready, but it’s important for parents to know the markers to watch for.

The signs to start potty training can range from the obvious to the more subtle, so read on so that you know what to watch out for to help your little one take that next step:

  • Physical capabilities: This one might sound obvious, but the first sign to start potty training is understanding that your kid can physically get themselves to a toilet and sit down on it. Motor skills develop at different rates, so you shouldn’t even start trying potty training until you feel totally confident that they can maneuver appropriately.
  • Following instructions: Again, it’s important to keep in mind that children progress in their social skills at very different speeds. Your child, regardless of age, may or may not be able to follow multi-step or even basic instructions. If they can’t, potty training could prove to be an impossibility, so wait until their verbal and comprehension skills are up to speed.
  • Gauge their interest: You don’t want potty training to turn into a forced and/or unpleasant experience. They should be interested in learning first; otherwise, you risk it becoming a stressful thing that they dread, which can create larger issues. Make sure that they’ve shown interest by going near the potty, asking about it or asking questions about what goes on in a bathroom. These are some indicators that it’s a good time to start potty training.
  • Keeping diapers dry: Kids should be able to keep the diapers dry for at least two hours at a time before you should consider them as ready for potty training. This is a sign for potty training to commence because it indicates that they’re able to control their bladder and bowels, so you can feel reasonably confident that they can make it to a toilet in time without having an accident (although those will certainly occur).
  • Making connections: Another sign that it’s a good time to start potty training is when your child first seems to comprehend that there’s a connection between toilets and having the urge to poop or pee. This type of connection is critical because it helps them understand what the ultimate goal of the process is.

It’s important to be forgiving and patient with children as they embark on potty training—it can be a stressful experience for both kids and adults, so parents need to set the example. Children go at their own pace, and it’s up to you to be supportive and a friendly face for them at all times.

Our trained team at My Second Home Early Learning Center has been helping children reach their full potential for 15 years, and we’d love to help your family next, so give us a call today.