A lot of parents are often confused as to when to start toilet training or “potty training” their kids. Not all children are ready to be potty trained at a certain age, so what’s important is to watch your child for readiness cues, such as putting an activity to a halt for a few seconds or diaper clutching.
Most children exhibit these signals between 18-24 months, although there’s been quite a few who may be ready way earlier or later than that. And by statistics, boys tend to start later and take longer to be potty trained than most girls. So instead of using age as an indicator whether your kids are ready to be potty-trained or not, look for these signs or ability to do the following:
- Follow a few simple instructions
- Understand words pertaining to toilet training
- If they can already exhibit control or at least some of it, over the muscles responsible for bowel elimination.
- If they say or verbally express their need to go.
- If they can keep their diapers dry for at least 2 hours.
- If they can get to the potty, sit on it, and get off it by themselves.
- They can pull their own diapers or disposable training pants down.
- If they’re already showing an interest in using the potty trainer or okay with wearing an underpants.
Tips for Potty Training Success
- Set your child up for success and maintain a positive attitude. Ask your child’s caregivers to do the same too.
- Celebrate every little success that they’ve had. Encourage them—clap, whistle, cheer; the works.
- Once they got the hang of potty training, let them decide when to go and let them learn the warning signs of having to poo.
- Remind them gently; don’t nag, when they somehow forget that they haven’t gone yet for the day.
- Establish a routine.
- Make sure that your child’s wardrobe is adaptable to potty training.
- Offer you child some small rewards every time they go potty.
- Above all, praise your children regardless of whether they are successful in using the toilet or not.