Determining when your Child is Ready for Potty Training

So you have been changing diapers for a couple of years now (or longer) and you are ready for your child to be potty trained. The question is: is your child ready also? This is important, of course, because if the child is not ready to transition from his/her diaper to the toilet, beginning the process of potty training your child could be an exhausting process that will leave both your child and yourself frustrated – not to mention, it may cause tension in the family and possibly psychological harm to the child.

On the other hand, if your child is ready for the transition from the diaper to the toilet, potty training your toddler can be a pleasant experience that will leave your child with a sense huge of accomplishment.

The important thing then is to determine whether or not your toddler is ready to begin the process of potty training. This process may seem a little intimidating when you consider the multiple sources of conflicting advice that exists on the subject. Fortunately for you, there are some simple cues that you can watch for that will help you in determining whether or not your child is ready to learn to use the toilet.

Lisa Julian states in her article, “Potty Training … Is Your Child Ready? Been There! Done That! Toilet Training Tips”, that there are 15 signs that indicate your child is ready to be potty trained. These include: being able to stay dry for a few hours at a time, having bowel movements around the same time each day, knowing when he/she needs to use the bathroom, being able to undress (at least partially) and having the ability to communicate when he/she needs to use the bathroom. Others include: having the desire to imitate others, wanting to do things independently and desiring to do things that are pleasing to his/her parents.

Most children will be able to accomplish these tasks around two or two and a half years of age. However, some children may not be ready to begin potty training until they are closer to three years of age. In addition, experts agree that it generally takes boys slightly longer than girls to develop the necessary skills to be successful in potty training.

If your child does not appear to be ready, wait a couple of months and attempt the process again. And remember, it is important to not become discouraged if your child does not learn to use the potty as soon or as quickly as their playmates, children generally develop at different ages and such a delay does not necessarily indicate that your child is not developing properly.

If you have additional questions or you are not sure how to begin the process, there are a number of websites where you can find expert advice as well as stories from other parents. One such website is Potty Training Concepts. Potty Training Concepts is a website dedicated to guiding parents through the process of potty training. The website features advice geared specifically to potty training girls or boys, as well as resources such as DVDs, books and supplies to aid in the process. There is also a forum where you can get advice from or share advice with other parents.