Wondering when to start potty training your children? Using the potty independently is an important life skill for kids, and it can be an exciting time for toddlers. It can also be stressful. One of the most important potty training tips is waiting until your kids are ready. Whether you’re potty training a baby, a 4 year old, boys or girls, here are six signs that your child is ready to start using the potty.
When to Start Potty Training – 6 Signs of Readiness
Potty training starts at different ages for different kids, and it’s always important to wait until your child is ready. While most children are potty trained between the ages of 18 months and four years, more important than age is whether or not your child is really ready.
Watch for these signs so you know when to start potty training and when to give your toddler a little more time.
1. Your child doesn’t like a wet or dirty diaper.
At some point, a wet or dirty diaper becomes unpleasant to a child.
If your little one is constantly pulling at their dirty diaper – or taking it off altogether – these might be signs that they’re ready for underwear.
2. Your child hides when filling their diaper.
Is your toddler giving himself a little privacy while while he does his business? Is your preschooler hiding behind the living room chair when it’s time for #2? This is a great sign that they might be ready for the potty (but don’t expect them to close the bathroom door anytime soon!)
3. Your child takes interest in seeing others use the toilet.
Kids learn by example. If they can watch Mommy, Daddy, big brother, or sister use the potty, they often feel motivated to do the same.
4. Your child tells you he or she is going #1 or #2.
If your child can tell you when they’re wetting or soiling their diaper, it’s a super good sign that they’re ready to start potty training.
5. Diapers are staying dry longer.
As your child gets closer to being ready for potty training, they’ll start going longer with dry diapers. This is a sign that they’re able to hold it until they feel like going potty, which is an important part of the process.
6. Your child is able to take off and pull on clothing.
While not required, it’s really helpful if your child is able to pull down and pull up clothing on their own. If they haven’t mastered this skill yet, keep practicing.
Is Your Child Ready to Be Potty Trained?
Potty training doesn’t have to stink! If your child is showing two or more of these signs, you might want to start potty training. Follow the simple steps below to get started.
1. Get Potty Training Tips and Support
Visit Kandookids.com/PottyTraining for hacks and support on your potty training journey. From the very basics to how to handle potty training regressions, poop problems and wiping, we’ve got answers to your questions.
2. Sign up for our Potty Training Program
Need a little more help and support? Sign up for our FREE potty program. It’s full of step-by-step advice to walk you through the entire potty training process – from the first time you introduce the potty to how to throw a potty training party to celebrate your success at the end.
Each week we’ll be sending you the most effective hacks on potty training. A step-by-step plan of action on when to start, supplies to buy, how to keep it silly, and handle set backs. Click here to join now.
3. Stock up on Supplies – like Kandoo Flushable Wipes
Kandoo Flushable Cleansing Wipes clean up to 30% better than toilet paper. The wipes pop up with the push of a button, making them perfect for little hands. Added bonus? No more using too much (or too little) toilet paper. They’re also biodegradable and safe for sewer and septic systems.
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If your child likes to be independent, the Kandoo Potty Time Pack can help. Click here to purchase it now with free shipping!