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When is it Time to Start Potty Training?

Posted by on Apr. 4, 2014 at 12:00 AM
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Oh, potty training. The end result is so exciting. The idea of no more diapers is on every parent's list of awesome things.  The getting there, though, can be anything from easy to completely awful. So how do you know when your toddler is ready to start learning the ropes?

Keep in mind that your little one needs to take the lead on this. A positive experience with potty training is important for everyone's sake.  Some kids are ready early while others are a little late. I had one of each. My son was over four when he was finally ready but my daughter wanted to go on the potty at 18 months! The key, of course, is patience. 

Here is a list of early potty training readiness clues that may help you decide the right time to take the plunge.

1. Is your toddler going longer between wet diapers? This is an indication that their muscles are strong enough to control when they go potty.

2. Your munchkin really doesn't like having a dirty diaper. Is your kiddo suddenly really upset about having a soiled diaper? This is a good sign!

3.  You can predict your child's bowel movements. 

4.  Your child begins asking questions about your bathroom business. Do you have a shadow in the bathroom? Use this time to talk about using the potty.

5.  Is your child able to undress?  This is a needed skill for potty training.

6.  Your sweetheart announces when they are going in their diaper. This is a sign that they are aware of their body and what is happening.

No matter when you decide to take the plunge and start potty training, be sure that your kiddo leads the way. A child who is not ready, well...they just aren't ready and really can't be forced. Keep a level head and some extra wipes and pull-ups for nighttime, if needed.  Some toddlers learn super-fast while others take a longer time to master this huge milestone. One thing is certain though, they WILL potty train... eventually.



Do you have any tips and tricks for potty training to share? 

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by on Apr. 4, 2014 at 12:00 AM
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melliburger
by Melli on Apr. 4, 2014 at 12:21 AM

I think it's important to remember not to force anything. If everyone gets frustrated it just ends up being a giant mess

Alexsi1
by Alexandra on Apr. 4, 2014 at 5:14 AM
Definitely wait until they are ready.
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NajwaLaylah
by on Apr. 4, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Keep at least one potty around (as friends of mine did) and make it seem like a familiar part of the furnishings (they even set one outdoors for "yard time"). Some kids if given really convenient access will use it spontaneously, even if not consistently. 

TerriC
by on Apr. 4, 2014 at 9:50 AM

I wish I did but no.  I think every kid is different.  Mine were both SO different, I can't even tell you how they finally got potty trained.  LOL

ceciliam
by on Apr. 4, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Don't make it more difficult than it needs to be.

countrygirlkat
by on Apr. 4, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Let them come in with you and sit on the potty as often as they want even before you really start training. 

la_bella_vita
by on Apr. 4, 2014 at 11:20 AM

I follow baby's cues. I start by introducing the potty. Having them sit on it, if they are ready. Letting them pick underwear out. Telling them it's fun to go on the potty. It's what big kid's do. I also tell them a reward for the end like going to the zoo or an amusement park.

Sisteract
by New Member on Apr. 4, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Train in the Summer.

Train outside- keep them naked from the waist down as much as possible.

jessicasmom1
by on Apr. 4, 2014 at 12:23 PM

when signs of them being ready

cabrandy03
by Brandy - Admin on Apr. 4, 2014 at 1:01 PM
If you wait until your kiddo is truley ready, potty training should be easy. Dd fully potty trained in less then a week.
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