5 signs your toddler is ready for the potty

Not sure if your child is ready to be potty trained? Watch out for these signs.


Potty training normally begins when your child is between 18 months and three years old. This is the age when children begin to do things on their own, and it’s up to you to let them.

These five signs show that your tot is ready for the big potty:

1. She goes longer stretches with a dry nappy

If your toddler woke up from her nap with a dry nappy, this is a great sign that she’s ready for the toilet now.

2. She tells you when she has used her nappy

If your child isn’t doing this yet, she is most likely not ready to be potty trained yet. Another clue of readiness is if your tot only uses her nappy in certain spots around the house, like behind the curtains or the couch.

3. She can pull her pants up and down herself

If your tot is able to do this, it’s a clear sign that she’s ready to start potty training. She might not be able to handle the buttons and zipper herself yet, so dress her in pants that are easy to pull down and up.

4. Your toddler will take pride in her sense of accomplishment

There will come a time in your child’s development where she will take pride in accomplishing something. She will seek praise, and this will make potty training so much easier.

5. Your toddler notices others using the toilet

Once your toddler becomes aware that other people use the toilet, her interest will be piqued. Talk to her about what the toilet is used for and how it replaces nappies when children grow up.

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