Sep
2013

When To Potty Train A Child

Potty Training Readiness Signs

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There are a few signs that let you know when to potty train a child. These potty training readiness signs are fairly common and when you are aware of them potty train your child becomes a lot quicker and easier.

Physical Signs

There are several physical signs that might indicate that your child is ready to start potty training. One of the common physical signs that your child is ready to begin toilet training is when you notice that your child has regular, soft poos at relatively predictable times. If your young one doesn’t poo much during the sleep period is also a signal. Another good signal is when your child has a dry diaper or nappy for a good couple of hours.

When a child wakes up from a nap with a clean diaper this is a very good sign as well. This is a strong physical sign that means your toddler’s muscles in the bladder are now developed to a sufficient stage that can hold onto liquids and food for longer periods.

Behavioral Signs

There are behavioral sign that can give you hints as to when to potty train a child. The first sign is when your child is displaying the  desire to become more independent. The child could also show a desire to please and enjoys being praised with encouragement and rewards. When a child starts feeling uncomfortable when the nappy is dirty or wet is a really good step forward.

Another readiness sign your child might be ready to begin potty training is if they can pull their pants up and down by themselves. As this is an essential step that’s involved in the process.  Its something they might have learned from you when following you into the bathroom. Taking an interest in what the parents do is considered another sign and shows curiosity.

Cognitive Signs

A cognitive sign that can let the parent know when to begin potty training is when your child starts to understand and follow simple instructions or questions. For example questions like these are fairly common ways to test whether your child is ready:  “Do you have to the toilet?” or “Where’s your potty?” and “Do you need to wee?”. Also, when your child learns words for poo and wee, it means they have a good understanding of exactly what you mean when you ask them if they need to go to the toilet for a poo or wee.  Your child may also tell you that he or she has to poo or wee before doing it.

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Whats The Best Age To Start Potty Training

How To Potty Train A Toddler

 

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2 thoughts on “When To Potty Train A Child

  1. I had no idea that even babies could be potty trained, so to speak. This site is really informative. I asked my sister when she will potty-train my nephew recently, she replied that she wasn’t sure nor how to go about it. I will direct her to this site.,

    • Thank you for your kind words Heather. It’s really interesting the topic of teaching a newborn baby to live diaper free. Certainly would cut down the cost on nappies. I hope your Nephew gets the hang of potty training really early. Such a relief when they pick up the skill.

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