When a child is 2 years old (or 24 months in parent lingo), most parents are more than ready for their little one to start potty training. In addition to helping a child feel confident, being able to use the toilet can be a source of relief for the parent.
However, children typically aren’t ready to use the toilet until around the age of 2. The age range for training is broad – spanning from 18 months all the way to age 3.
Just because you’re ready to get them out of diapers and onto the toilet doesn’t mean the child is ready. Every child progresses at their own pace; trying to force the issue before they’re biologically and emotionally ready will only frustrate both of you.
How Will I Know My Child Is Ready for Potty Training?
The development of bladder control, including being able to stay dry for an hour or two, is a telltale sign that your tot is physically on the path to being able to potty train. Additionally, the ability and awareness to alert a caregiver when it’s time to go, or when they feel the urge to go, is a good sign.
Every parent knows that scheduling is vital to life with a little one. From napping to using the potty, timing is everything.
You knew that one day you’d have to hand your child the keys to the family car, or send them off to college – but you may not have predicted a sense of independence at such a tender age. Showing autonomy, including an interest in using the restroom, wanting control of their toys or organizing them in their toybox, or wanting to dress themselves, indicates that the desire to potty train might take place pretty soon.
Is My Child Big Enough to Use the Toilet?
There are many physical aspects and milestones required for potty training. Sitting on a toilet and using the bathroom may sound as simple as tasks come, but in reality, the act requires fine motor skills that certain young toddlers and babies don’t yet have.
Walking over to a toilet, being able to take one’s pants on and off, and the ability to follow simple instructions for cleanliness are all important milestones. Keeping the equipment (such as a child’s potty or step stool) in plain sight in the bathroom can be beneficial for prompting potty training.
As with any new activity, there’s always a learning curve, and knowing how to handle accidents calmly will make the transition easier for both of you. If you think your child may be ready to start potty training, speak to your pediatrician for more tips, tricks, and guidance.
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