If you're thinking of toilet training your little one, here are some of the signs that they may or may not be ready. Remember there is no need to rush the process, and very little point of starting toilet training before they are ready. Parents often feel pressured to start toilet training based on the guidance or statements of well meaning friends or family. However, if your child is not actually ready to toilet training, you may be setting them up to fail, and setting yourself up for a whole lot of messy accidents.
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Here are 10 signs of toilet training readiness:
You child is showing an interest in wanting to use a potty or a toilet.
Your child has started to show an interest in your own bathroom habits, perhaps wanting to watch what you do on the toilet. Don't expect to have many solo trips to the toilet from this point on!
Has asked you if they are able to wear pants yet, or has shown an interest in underwear.
Has started to tell you when they are going for a wee or a poo in their nappy.
Is happy to sit on the potty or the toilet for more than a minute at a time.
Less wet nappies; they are staying dry for an hour or so at a time which demonstrates the first elements of bladder control.
Your child understands simple instructions, and understands whatever bathroom time terminology you are using.
Your child is able to pull their pants down on their own.
Bowel movements are starting to get predictable and your child starts to tell you when they are coming. Sometimes kids won't verbalise an impending bowel movement, but instead, they might take themselves off to a corner for 'privacy'.
They've started to dislike dirty nappies.
Remember, these are just a few of the signs that your child might be ready for toilet training, but each child is different and you know your own child's signals best. To ensure that you don't get frustrated with the process, make sure your child is definitely ready to start the training, and remember the age of toilet training readiness varies greatly, with some kids starting as young as 18 months, and others not showing readiness until they are over 3 years of age. Let your child show you that they are ready.