When should you start potty training?

All babies, toddlers and children are different and whilst some toddlers may be out of nappies by as young as 18 months, other can be as old as three or even four. When should you start potty training? From not knowing when to begin potty training to being unsure of what disciplinary action to take when those inevitable accidents occur, many parents worry about the prospect of potty training.

Trying to potty train your child when she simply isn’t ready will be a long and drawn-out process that is likely to result in a fair few accidents! The trick to successful potty training is knowing when your toddler is ready to ditch the nappies for the potty.

When should you start potty training?

Your toddler will show a number of signs that she is ready to be potty trained, which you will need to be aware of. If you are asking when should you start potty training, read on…

Does fairly long ‘wee’s’ in one go!

Babies have no control of their bladder and have a tendency to wee little and often. One sign that your toddler may be ‘moving on’ from the nappy stage is that she urinates a fair amount in one go.

Has predictable bowl movements

Whilst there are little patterns to a baby’s bowl movement, when your child begins to have more regular and predictable bowl movements it may be a sign that she will be ready to start potty training.

Dislikes the feeling of a soiled nappy

One of the biggest signs that a toddler is ready to be potty trained is when she show discomfort or dislike to wearing a wet or dirty nappy. She may even try to pull her nappy off or let you know that it is wet, either way this is a sure sign that it’s time to get out the potty!

Shows an interest in using the toilet

Toddlers that are ready to become ‘dry’ often show signs of being interested in the bathroom and toilet habits of others.

Jigs about when she needs the toilet

If you see that your child is ‘jigging about’ and resisting weeing or pooing in her nappy it’s another sure sign that she is ready to use the potty or toilet.