When is Your Child Ready to be Potty Trained?

Changing diapers gets old fast. And when your child is in them for two or three years, you are ready to be done with the daily ritual. Despite your eagerness for your child to learn to use the toilet, it is important that you wait for the time that your child is ready to move on to this new world of independence.


Children are ready to potty train at different ages and boys tend to be less interested in learning this rite of passage than girls. For some children, potty training is very easy and for others it is very difficult. To make the process easier on you and your child, it is important for you to recognize signs that indicate your child is ready to be potty trained.

One indicator that your child is ready for potty training is if they can remove their own clothing and underclothing. Your child will need to be able to do this if they are going to use the toilet on their own.

A child must be also be able to communicate with you. When a child can respond to you with “yes” or “no” and starts to assert his or her own personality, this is a good indicator that your child is ready to be start potty training. This is the time when you should introduce your child to the toilet and what it is used for. When your son or daughter soils their diaper, you should place bowel movements in the toilet so your child knows what goes in the toilet.

Your child’s ability to communicate is important so they can tell you when they need to go to the bathroom. When your child can tell you that they have a dirty diaper and they want it to be changed, it is a good sign that they are ready to be potty trained. Before you can get to the potty training, however, you must prepare your child and help him or her learn to recognize when they need to go to the bathroom.

Once your child consistently tells you when they have a dirty diaper, teach them to tell you before they go in their diaper. A good way to practice this is when you see your child making facial expressions or assuming body stances that indicate they are relieving themselves tell them it is time to use the potty. This will help your child get used to the sensation they are feeling when they need to use the bathroom.

When you start the process of potty training, it can be very emotional and stressful. Your child will have good days and bad days. What is most important during this time is to reassure your child that they will master this process. Make potty training fun and do not punish your child when they fail to make it to the toilet on time. Encourage your child every step of the way. Remember, your child desperately wants to please you.