How do I know if my toddler is ready for potty training?

How do I know if my toddler is ready for potty training?

Let us start with the fact that there is no medal for potty training your child. Like with almost everything child-related, toddlers will vary in when they are ready to be potty trained. Generally, between 18-24 months, they have the needed physical and cognitive skills to grasp the concept. However, some parents have found waiting longer into the second year leads to a smoother transition to a nappy-free life. There are a few telltale signs you can look out for to gauge your child’s readiness.

Our best advice is not to rush the child to be ready, as it will not mean you finish training earlier, and in fact, mean it will take longer. Once a child is genuinely ready, the process of potty training can be mastered relatively quickly.

If your child is ticking all these things, it might be time to consider potty training.

• Coordination, the ability to walk and run steadily.

• Can follow simple instructions, such as “go get the toy.”

• Understands the value of putting things where they belong.

• You feel you are changing less wet nappies and having longer ”dry” periods

• They start to show interest in other family members when they go to the bathroom.

• Urinates a fair amount in one time.

• Regular bowel movements that are often at the same time.

• They announce when they are doing their business in their nappies, this may be either by voicing or squatting or pointing.

• Has names for urine and stool.

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