When to Start Potty Training: 7 Signs Your Child Is Ready.

A key point to remember is that there’s no single “right age” for when to start potty training. You know your child best, and you might sense when the time is right. Learning how to use the potty might be easier, and go more quickly, when your child is at least 2, or even a little older. In fact, instead of focusing on age, you might find it’s better to look out for the signs that your little one is getting ready to start potty training.


Girls tend to be ready to potty train a little earlier than boys, but the readiness signs for both boys and girls are the same. Here are some signs that your child may be ready to start potty training:


1.        Your child shows an interest in learning to use the potty and wanting to be more independent.


2.       Your child can understand and verbalize words about using the potty. For example, he might tell you he needs to go potty even if his nappy is already dirty or wet.


3.       Your child can make the connection between having the urge to wee or poop and going to use the potty.


4.       Your child can follow simple instructions and likes to copy your behavior, including bathroom habits.


5.       Your child can keep his nappy dry for at least two hours.


6.       Your child can sit on the potty and stay on the potty long enough to wee or poop.


7.       Your child can pull down his own, training pants, or underwear.