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“When should I start potty training my toddler?” This is a question that I’m sure every parent has asked themselves or has asked someone else. There is really not a specific age to start potty training. Some parents have successfully potty trained their toddlers as early as at 18-24 months, while some parents find that their children aren’t ready until the age of 3 or 4. While there is no specific age to determine when to start potty training, here are a few questions that can help you figure out if your child is ready to begin the process.  

Is your child waking up from naps or in the mornings dry? Are they staying dry for at least 3 to 4 hours at a time? Are their bowel movements happening on a regular and predictable basis? These are pretty good indications that your child is starting to have some control over their bodily functions, and may be ready to start potty training. Does your child like to find a private place to go have bowel movements? Do they grunt or squat when having a bowel movement? This most likely means that your child is starting to recognize how their body feels when they need to go, and has developed certain behaviors to associate with those feelings. It is a sign that they may be ready.  

Is your child telling you when they have soiled their diaper? Will they bring you a diaper and ask you to change them? If they are able to tell you they need a new diaper and even go so far as to bring the diaper to you, this is definitely a sign that they might be ready.  

Does your child often want to follow you into the bathroom? Are they showing any interest in wearing underwear? Your child’s desire to “be like mommy” or “be like daddy” can often be a factor in determining when to start potty training.  

Is your child able to follow basic instructions? Are they somewhat able to dress and undress themselves? Have you taught them words to use for going to the toilet? Do they have a basic understanding of the body parts that are associated with going to the toilet? If so, these abilities demonstrate that your child has reached a certain maturity level, which is very important in determining if they are ready to be potty trained.  

In conclusion, if your child does most or all of these things, then it’s a good chance that they are ready to begin potty training. Even though there is no specific age to start potty training, as a parent, you know your child, and will be able to tell when he or she is ready.

For more information on when to begin potty training your toddler, as well as other tips and useful information, please visit www.whentostartpottytraining.com


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