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10 Signs Your Toddler Is Ready For Potty Training

Mazzy is 26 months and has started to show interest in the potty. Today she handed me a book called “Potty Time” and had me read it to her five times in a row while she sat on the toilet.

This was a BIG STEP for us because previously, she hasn’t been able to sit still on the thing for more than half a second. And most of the time, she was still wearing pants.

Still, she has yet to show any signs of actually USING the potty for it’s intended purpose besides just as an alternate reading area. My sister (known on my blog as Dr. B) is a school psychologist specializing in early childhood development and I asked her to tell me how I will know that Mazzy is ready for OFFICIAL TRAINING.

Here is her response…

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Children usually begin to show signs they are ready for potty training between the ages of 18 and 30 months. Boys tend to start later than girls. Most children achieve mastery before the age of 5.

Nevertheless, the initiation of potty training should be based on what your child can do, not your child’s age. Additionally, many experts recommend waiting until 30 months before starting to potty train even if a child begins to show readiness signs earlier.

Waiting until your child is physically, emotionally, and intellectually ready increases the likelihood that he/she will achieve success early on, while pushing your child before he/she is ready has the potential to result in resistance to training and unnecessary frustration for all parties involved.

10 Signs Your Toddler is Ready For Potty Training

1. Your child dislikes being in wet or soiled diapers.

2. Your child knows the difference between being wet or dry.

3. Your child tells you when they are urinating or about to have a bowel movement.

4. Your child expresses interest in using the toilet, in his/her bowel movements, in how others use the bathroom, and/or in wearing underpants.

5. Your child can pull his/her pants up and down.

6. Your child stays dry for at least 2 hours during the day and has dry diapers after naps.

7. Your child has bowel movements at regular, predictable times.

8. Your child has the muscle control to hold their urine or bowel movement to get to the toilet.

9. Your child can understand and follow simple directions.

10. Your child can get to the potty, sit on it, and get off the potty.

It is always better to delay potty training if your child does not show interest or readiness signs. The longer you wait, the shorter and easier the process will be.

In other words, the less crap you will have to clean up off the floor.

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