I talked about potty training tips you may want to implement but, for the parents who want to potty train their kids as soon as they are born, how do you know when your child is ready to potty?
What is the Age Range for Potty training?
Children start to gain interest in pottying at different ages. If your child is 1-year old and want to potty or feels uncomfortable when he/she has gone in their diaper that is great but, if your child is 3-years old and has no interest in pottying or does not seem to grasp the concept yet, do not worry. The readiness of your child can range from 1-year old up to 5-years old.
Children usually become aware of their need to potty around 12-18 months, they start to develop the ability to control their bowel movements and become aware of what needs to be done. Be sure to show them how to potty when they need to.
Being aware of pottying and actually being ready to potty are different things, Although, they go hand in hand. Being aware of pottying is when your child knows he/she has pottied but only after the deed has been done..in the diaper. Your child may know that he/she needs to potty but, is unable to connect the dots of needing to potty to an actual toilet. There is no mental readiness.
- Your child is able to walk to the potty without your help. This is an obvious one, when you need to potty you need to potty and your child needs to be able to move those little legs and get to the potty. It will be helpful to have a step stool in the bathroom to save time and avoid carrying him/her onto the potty every time.
- Your child is able to pull down his/her pants and underwear and pull them up again. Again, to be speedy when nature calls you can practice undressing drills with your toddler so that he/she is able to do that when it’s potty time. Otherwise, prepare for a mess and lots of laundry.
- Being uncomfortable with a wet diaper. Nobody likes feeling uncomfortable especially if you’re going to be wet in places that need to be dry. You will notice your child pulling at a dirty diaper or feeling irritated by it, he/she may even throw tantrums when faced with full diapers.
- Shying away. Your child starts to become aware and a little embarrassed by pottying, he/she will move away from people and quietly find himself in a corner to pee or poop. This is a good indication that your child is starting to understand the process and privacy of pottying.
- Is your child able to communicate to you when he/she needs to potty. It doesn’t matter how as long as he/she can tell you “Mom, I need to potty now!!!!” Whether it is playing easy charades or using bathroom slang, no need to be formal.
- You’re saving money. You’re actually saving money or rather spending less. You are not changing that many diapers because your child is staying dry for longer periods. This could indicate your child is developing the ability to control his bowel movements. .
If your child seems to be ready and display all the signs but isn’t getting it or refusing to potty then give your child a two-week break, sort of like hitting the reset button. It will seem to be new again and your child may develop an interest in doing it. Try some potty training tips that might help.
Make sure your child knows what to do when he/she needs to potty and most importantly help him/her understand that if you do not remind him/her to potty it does not mean that it is okay to go in his/her pull-up or underwear. An excuse I hear every day is that “You didn’t tell me to potty” and “I didn’t know”. He/she should know that when nature calls and he/she has not been prompted he/she should go to the potty him/herself and call you if he/she needs help.