Is my baby ready for potty training?

April 26, 2016

Tired of changing nappies? Maybe your toddler is ready for potty training!

Potty training can take anything from a few days to a few weeks depending on the age of your child, their level of understanding and your methods. Most children are ready between the ages of two and three. However, it can be different for each child, which is why it's important to look out for the signs of readiness. Here are some simple things you can keep and eye out for before you take that leap and say bye bye to the diapers:

  1. Your toddler knows when they've got a dirty nappy and will tell you about it or show signs of discomfort.
  2. They might even tell you that they need to go before they've done their wee!
  3. They can undo their trousers and take them off independently.
  4. You may find that their nappy stays dry for two hours or more in the day, signalling that their muscles are strong enough for them to control their wee and bowel movements.
  5. They wake up in the mornings with a dry nappy.
  6. They can understand and follow instructions. This will make it much easier for you to communicate with them and teach them how to use the toilet.
  7. Does your child follow you into the bathroom and show an interest? That's another sign that it might be time to start potty training.

Remember that every child is different and to take your time. There's no rush to potty train! When you do feel that the time is right offer your toddler lots of praise or rewards like stickers, trips to the park or their favourite treat to encourage them to keep going!

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