Potty training children takes up a ridiculous amount of our time as parents. Whether it’s talking about when we should start training, thinking about how the training is going or wondering if we’re doing everything we can to make the process go faster, we’re all thinking about it when our kids are in diapers.
Case in point: I met up with some mommy friends I hadn’t seen in almost a year. Despite all of the time that had passed, we still managed to touch on the subject of potty training. You just can’t escape it!
Most parents start thinking about potty training when their child is around 18 to 24 months old, but there is no perfect time to begin – it is down to the individual child. My first son didn’t even think about training until he was three. And even then, it took two different attempts that lasted months to get it to click. My second son just woke up one morning and declared he was ready. It took a little patience but compared to the first one, he was an absolute breeze!
I think so many of us don’t talk about how difficult potty training is because our minds actually block out the pain. I recall hours sitting on the cold, tiled, bathroom floor reading books to my child with him perched on the toilet seat.
When I asked my mom how she trained both me and my brother, she replied, “One morning I woke up and you were potty trained.” I have a sneaky suspicion it wasn’t that easy. But again, selective memory helps us get through those tough times.
10 Signs Your Child is Ready to Potty Train – Potty Training Tips
- Your child can stay dry for two hours at a time during the day or is dry after a nap, which shows his bladder muscles are developed enough to hold urine.
- Your child dislikes the feeling of wearing a wet or dirty diaper and wants them changed.
- Your child shows increasing interest in the bathroom.
- Your child’s bowel movements are regular and predictable.
- Your child can pull his pants up and down.
- Your child shows interest in wearing “big-kid” underwear.
- Your child can indicate by words, facial expression or body language that he or she is about to go.
- Your child can follow simple verbal directions.
- Your child is able to sit and engage in an activity for several minutes without becoming distracted or irritable.
- Your child is in a generally cooperative stage, otherwise you’ll just be fighting him to use the potty.
While your child doesn’t have to show all of these signs to be ready to potty train, your child should exhibit a good portion of them before you start.
Think your kiddo is ready to potty train? Read Potty Training Made Easy: Strategies That Really Work. Do you have your own potty training tips to add?