One of the great milestones toddlers are expected to master between the age of 18 months (in your dreams) and 4 years old (will it EVER happen) is potty training. So far we have successfully shown two out of four boys how to use the toilet with raging success. Please ignore the times they missed the bowl or forgot to wipe off the toilet seat… I DO remind them, since this slip-up affects me directly, in so many ways. We are now on the brink of starting with Jansen. He is 2.5 years old, and is showing clear signs on readiness. This is how I know that our toddler is ready for the potty! (This post contains affiliate links.)
Personally, I am never in a rush to potty train the boys, I wait until they are old enough to write me a 30 page dissertation on all the reasons why “Now is the Time to Potty Train”. Jansen recently handed in his paper, and after close review I have to agree that he might be ready to step into the big leagues. These are Jansen’s signs of readiness.Learn the 10 signs of #pottytraining readiness. Know when your #toddler is ready! Click To Tweet
10 Signs that Your Toddler Is Ready for Potty Training:
- Able to pull pants up and down. This is only applicable if your toddler ever wears pants! Jansen prefers the ever so toddler-chic “diaper only” look.
- Your life is settled into a groove with no major changes on the horizon. Things like moving, a new sibling, sickness – even as simple as the common cold can all cause toddlers to regress. Starting potty training during a major life change could backfire. We recently moved and added another sibling to the mix, but things have finally calmed down (read: Jansen has calmed down).
- Shows interest in the toilet and the things that other family members do on it. Having two older brothers provides a great deal of inspiration and leaves little to the imagination of what a toilet is used for. It’s fair to say that Jansen is well educated in this area – and intrigued.
- Notices and dislikes wet and dirty diapers. I think Jansen aces this point, when he takes his diapers off and brings them to us… yeah – he’s ready.
- Stays dry for longer periods of time and their bowel movements are predictable. We all know the signs of a pooping baby/ toddler. Their facial expressions alone give it away, but also their body language of hiding and retreating back into a corner are dead giveaways. Jansen is a little more stealth than that – but he is still very predictable.
- Follows simple instructions & is eager to learn. Toddlers are inherently eager to learn how to navigate the world around them. As soon as they are capable they will gladly follow easy instructions all in the name of learning a new task. Of course, this all has to be done on THEIR time – when they are well-rested and not hungry… but we all know this about toddlers.
- Expresses a desire to be a big kid. This is one reason why potty training a toddler who just became a big brother/ sister may just be an effort in futility. With a little baby in the house, many toddlers regress as they see the baby gets attention for doing “baby things”. Once the new family dynamics have been established, it is again “safe” for the toddler to show an interest in becoming a big kid.
- Communicates wants and needs. Being verbal is not necessarily as sign of potty training readiness, since we know toddlers have their own very convincing ways of getting their point across. Many of these methods of communication have little to nothing to do with speech – so just being able to point, sign, signal, or do the potty dance are all perfect ways of communicating the need for a potty break.
- Has patience to sit still for a few minutes. Oh, and what toddler doesn’t just love to sit still for extended periods of time?! This is where you will have to read books, sing and even do puppet shows in the bathroom to entertain your training toddler long enough for them to have a “productive” bathroom visit.
- Resists diapers and asks for underwear. I know, I know – this one is rather obvious – but I had to add it since it is one of Jansen’s signs… So I guess it’s time for me to get off the pot and get this kid potty trained!
Interested in potty training? This book and these articles will address everyone of your concerns, questions and leave you feeling empowered and educated – I promise!
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Encouragement for parents: 20 Potty Training Reminders for Hopeful Parents
Potty Training Readiness : “Ten Signs Your Toddler is Potty Ready”
Preparing to Potty Train: “Ten Things to Load Up on Before Potty Training”
Potty Training Steps: “Seven Steps to Successful Potty Training”
Nighttime Training: “Ten Steps to Dry Mornings”