Wait until your child is truly ready, so the teaching time is faster and more pleasant for all.
For toddlers to learn how to use the toilet, they need to be able to:
- Feel the urge to go.
- Understand what the feeling means.
- Say that they need your help to make it to the toilet and actually go.
Signs that your child may be ready to start potty training (toilet teaching):
- Your child is dry at least 2 hours at a time during the day – or wakes up dry from naps.
- You notice signs that your child is about to urinate or have a bowel movement. Children may fidget with their genital area when they need to pee. They may crouch when they need to poop. These gestures are totally normal! Be sure to respond with respect and care.
- Your child can follow simple instructions.
- Your child can get to and from the bathroom and help undress.
- Your child does not like wet diapers and wants to be changed.
- Your child asks to use the toilet or potty chair.
- Your child asks to wear “big-kid” underwear.
If your child has issues with constipation, talk with your child’s healthcare provider.