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How do you know your child is ready to potty train?


Asked by Anonymous at 2:50 PM on Feb. 26, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • Some of the signs:
    Not liking a dirty diaper is a minor sign. Think about it. A brand new baby doesn't like sitting in a poopy diaper either but he can only scream about it, not take it off himself.
    Staying dry for 2 or more hours at a time is a sign. Staying dry overnight is not. Think about it. 20% of all 5 year olds wet the bed. Should they still be wearing diapaers in the day? Of course not.
    Other signs:
    You can tell when your child is about to go. This may be a funny look on the face, a funny posture, or hiding.
    Your child:
    -can follow simple 2-step directions... go to your room and bring me your toy car
    -can communicate basic needs, with words or gestures
    -poops at predictable times
    -can pull off simple elastic waist pants
    -loves to watch others use the potty
    -is in a "ME DO!" phase and you let him try
    -will sit still for a short story
    You have no major household disruptions planned in the next 2 months

    Answer by kaycee14 at 3:29 PM on Feb. 26, 2009

  • I girl, when she knows she has to go.. PLUS they start way earlier than boys.. With boys its when they know right when they are doing it... they take 10x longer to fig it out...

    Answer by HottMamaRossx2 at 3:32 PM on Feb. 26, 2009

  • The more signs your childs shows, the quicker he will learn. BUT you can start anytime you want. From what I've read, a child will be potty trained at the same age, regardless of when you start. If you start at 12 months because you want to but he won't be ready to learn until 30 months, you'll be training for 18 months. If you start at 27 months because he's showing lots of the signs, then you'll be done at 30 months after training for 3.

    Also, once you start, expect him to get it one day and not the next. Regression is normal and to be expected. Do not ever ask him if he needs to go. Simply tell him it is time to go. Kids quickly learn that saying "yes" means they have to leave their toys so they learn to say "no". Accidents because a child was too busy playing are common into early grade school.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 3:34 PM on Feb. 26, 2009