one of the main signs is if your child is telling you they have to go or they went and want to be changed. Doesnt have to be verbal. My son is speech delayed and tells me in his own way. Also a good sign is if they stay dry upon waking in the morning or after a nap. This means good bladder control. Underwear during the day is a good way to boost bladder control. Being able to dress and undress will make it easier for a child to do it by themselves. But not all can do that. My son still needs my help, but that doesnt mean he isnt ready! You generally want to wait till about age 2 to start teaching the basics since they can comprehend a bit more at this age! But many learn sooner! Just follow your child's readiness signs. It isnt a race and never force it upon them. Don't feel frustrated if it doesnt work out at first. It's all part of the learning process!
at 2:28 PM on Jul. 15, 2010