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Signs a child is ready for potty training

Quite frustratingly, there is no set age that a child is ready to be potty trained at. Some, though not all, learn how to use the potty between the ages of 18 and 24 months, while many parents wait until the child is between 2-and-a-half to three-years old to begin potty-training.
Instead of stressing about it, what you can do is let nature take its course and watch out for tell-tale signs that your child is ready to begin their potty training. Also, remember that it takes longer for children to become trained to stay dry during the night.

For parents, it’s vital to be flexible, patient and understanding. If you have been trying to train your toddler for a couple of weeks and there is no progress, they are not ready. Wait a few more weeks, watch for the signs and then try again.

Signs they are ready:

1. Your child can stay dry for 2 hours or more at a time, their nappy is dry after naptime, their bowel movements are regular and at predictable times

2. Your child urinates a fair amount at one time

3. Your child tells you that he/she dislikes wearing a wet nappy

4. Your child asks can they go to the potty or expresses an interest in the “big toilet”

5. Your child can sit down quietly in one position for a few minutes at a time

6. Your child is able to put on and remove items of their clothing

7. Your child follows and understands simple instructions

8. Your child takes pride in his/her accomplishments

9. Your child asks to wear normal underwear/expresses an interest in wearing normal underwear

10. Your child can show you in behaviour or words he/she is ready to do a poo

 
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