When it comes to the potty, we as parents usually jump straight ahead to trying to find toilet training tips that we can use, to help in going through this often forgotten but important part of the growth of our little one. We often forget an important question that we have to ask first – Is my child ready to start using the potty on his/her own?
The general suggested range is between 18 months to 3 years old. This is due to a child’s physical and pretty much overall development which contributes to his/her ability to grasp the idea of a potty and physically go through the motions of it.
Below is a list of things to look out for to see if your toddler is ready to start using the potty. Keep in mind that he or she doesn’t need to be showing all of these signs, where high quality composting toilets. My niece, for example, would usually have her bowel movements almost at the same time every day like clockwork, but she still wasn’t showing interest in big kid underwear. Just keep an eye out for these little clues and see if your child is ready to go from there.
- Showing interest when other’s use the toilet. This is good because that’s where you actually want to be doing their business!
- It can go for an extended period of time without wetting the diaper. This is a good sign showing bladder control and the physical development that’s happening inside them.
- Wanting to wear big kids underwear. This is pretty straight forward, it’s a good mental development showing that they want to take the next step.
- They can handle the physical requirements needed to handle things like removing parts of their clothes and handling the potty.
- Tends to have a bowel movement at the same time every day. This is good because it helps to create a routine for children which helps them to create a flow of what the have to do in that situation. It also helps us parents during the toilet training stage because we can have a general idea of when to go on the potty watch to make sure our little one is right on track.
- It can play quietly for 5 minutes and maintain attention span. This has to do with their focus, which is especially important when you’re potty training twins or two children. You would want them to be paying attention to what they should be doing instead of what other things are around them that can be a distraction.
- Showing independence in other areas like using utensils, brushing their teeth or putting on clothes. This shows that they have already developed enough to handle certain things independently and can be up to the task of learning something else crucial to their development.
Again, kids don’t have to display all of these things to show that they are ready to start using the potty. The important thing is they we as parents are able to recognize these skills in them and from there can judge if they are ready or not. Trying to potty train a child who isn’t really ready yet for it could lead to a lot of frustration and stress on us parents. Just taking the time to observe these little hints can save us from many days (even weeks!) of constant clean up and potty laundry – And that to me really makes it worth the while!
If you guys need information, just click on the link here. There is a lot of information and support there to help through this stage in our children’s lives. I wish I found it earlier, it really would’ve saved me a lot of time and stress. But the good thing is you guys get a chance to do so! So feel free to check it out and see if it’s for you. Thanks, guys! Hope this information helped!