A few things. Ability to walk to the potty. Ability to pull down and pull up pants. Ability to vocalize the need. Waking dry and clean. Showing interest in the potty or frustration with diapers (I've had a couple of each so both seem to work). Of course if only one of these is missing you can find ways around them, but for the most part, these are the things you want to see. My last child (thank goodness!! ) decided one day he was sick of diapers, and viola, we had about 3 accidents and since then, none. The other three were more challenging. But I found that if I started too early (which I did with 2 of them) that they took longer and it was more frustrating for everyone involved.
at 4:16 AM on Aug. 10, 2009