Early Childhood Development

Potty Training Tips: When Is Your Child Ready?

Early Childhood Development | October 6, 2014
Potty Training

Potty training is a very important milestone in a child’s development, and we are happy to partner with parents to make it an easy transition for everyone involved. While potty training typically begins at 2-years-old, it’s critical to only begin to incorporate it when the child is ready.

So how do you know when your child is ready? Here are some signs to watch for:

  • Imitating parents, siblings
  • Beginning to put things where they belong
  • Demonstrating independence
  • Communicating the need or urge to go potty
  • Pulling their own clothing up and down
  • Beginning to see potties as predictable, routine
  • Being able to sit quietly in one position for 2-5 minutes
  • Being coordinated enough to walk and run steadily
  • Not showing resistance to the toilet

Potty Training Tips:

  • Consider stand-up diaper changes
  • Make a big deal of the first time they potty
  • Set goals based on the readiness of your child
  • Set weekly milestones like pulling up pants on their own
  • Read child potty books while sitting on the potty
  • Teach proper hand-washing skills
  • Let your child take part in picking out their new underwear