Wondering when to start potty training? Most experts say that the best age to start potty training is 22 months. Here are some factors to help you decide if your toddler is ready to begin potty training. Some signs that your toddler is ready include…
- Your toddler can stay dry for a 2 hour stretch and occasionally wakes up dry.
- He can pull his pants down, or understand simple undressing.
- Gives you a sign that he is peeing or popping either by facial expression or using a simple word.
- Understands bathroom lingo such as “pee” or “poop”.
- Shows interest in learning and is curious about your bathroom habits.
Some signs that they aren’t ready include…
- Does not understand simply words such as pee or poop.
- Does not care if he pees or poops his diaper, or if it drips down his leg.
- Does not understand the concept of the potty, flushing, or anything related to the potty and shows no interest in mommy/daddy using the bathroom.
- Cannot pull pants/underwear down by himself.
Potty training has to be one of the most stressful things that a parent has to go through with their child. Especially if you have a stubborn, strong willed, or fearful child. To make things easier we have compiled some of our best potty training tips.
1. Start potty training early
There is a very broad age range for when a child is ready for potty training. This can be anywhere from 15 months up to 36 months. By 22 months most children are biologically, physically, and cognitively ready to be potty trained. Sometimes, it’s hard to tell when your child is actually ready. They may like the potty, enjoy sitting on it, but just can’t hold in the pee. So start early and if they’re not ready, then try again in a couple of months. Another advantage of starting early is that you will get less resistance from your child. The older they get, the more strong willed or stubborn they may become.
2. Have fun with it
Some parents make potty training so stressful, have fun with it! Your little one can sense your stress and tension. Which makes them more stressed out. Have fun, relax, and just go with it.
3. Buy some great potty training visuals
Kids LOVE doing what other kids are doing. They also like to mimic their favourite cartoon characters, so show your child some great videos on your smartphone or iPad. Get some fun dolls, or toys to explain.
4. Stay committed
I think this goes without saying that if you are not 100% committed to potty training, it’s not going to work. You have to be committed, and be able to deal with a few rough days. So there you have it, some of our best potty training tips. If you have any of your own, please comment below and share your ideas!