How to Determine when your Child is Ready for Potty Training

Potty training is a big step for a child. Knowing when to potty train varies with each child. Some children are ready at 12 months and some can be as late as 3 or 4 years old. To determine when your child is ready to begin potty training is to watch and listen to them. This is actually the first sign. As a child starts to feel the need to go, they will start making facial expressions or noises.

Until around fifteen months old your child still moves his bowels or passes water quite automatically. He or she does not realize that they have urinated. He is not ready for the potty if he stands naked and urinates without even looking at the puddle on the floor. Now, if the child urinates and realizes that he is doing so, then he is ready to meet the potty.

Meeting the potty is not exactly potty training. You are just introducing the potty. Show your child the potty and let him know what it is for. If he is ready at all, he may sit his teddy bear on it. Eventually, he will want to sit on it. When he does, he just wants to see what it feels like to sit on the potty.

The right moment is the one in which the child is aware of urinating or a feeling a movement before doing so. At this time they may turn red in the face or make a funny sound. This is when you can suggest using the potty. If they say no, don’t push. If they don’t seem to care, you can produce the potty and stay with him. If he does something, congratulate him.

Bladder training is a little different than bowel movements because once they feel the need to go, it is usually too late to get to the potty. So, you need to wait until their muscles are strong enough to hold it. This will give them adequate time to get to the potty.

My advice to any parent is to always share your child’s success. If they have an accident or they are a slow potty trainer, do not make a big deal about it. After a few successful trips to the potty they will start doing it more often. This advice comes from a mother of two boys. It is a slow process but it does happen. Once your child uses the potty half of the time you can then introduce the toilet.

Potty training is not something we can really control. This is something that your child needs to do on his or her own. Never rush potty training or try to force your child into it. If you try to force or rush potty training , it may do more harm than good. When your child is ready, they will let you know.