Every toddler parent or caregiver will eventually encounter potty training, which is a big milestone in a child’s life. It can be messy. It can be frustrating. It can be a delicate subject between parents and daycare staff who may have different ideas about potty-training methods.
However, one highly debated topic among caregivers and their peers is when to begin potty training. If children are pushed too early, they may develop anxiety and fears because their bodies and minds simply aren’t ready yet.
The Five Signs Your Child is Ready to Potty Train
The Mayo Clinic says that children can be ready to potty-train at any age from 18 months to three years old since every child is unique in their development. Children need both physical muscle control and mental development to be ready for potty-training. Here are some signs that your child has reached this point:
- Your child can pull down their own pants and walk well enough to sit on a potty. This shows the minimum level of motor coordination your child needs to be successful.
- Your child can communicate about when they need to go. Communication skills are necessary so children can talk to their parents and learn how potty-training works.
- The desire to perform their own tasks and receive praise is strong. At this point, your child is psychologically ready to potty-train.
- Your child wants to copy other family members. This is a sign that your child comprehends the behaviors of those around them. They want to fit into the social group, so they’re becoming socially read to take on the task.
- The child will tell you when they are going to pee or poop. Your child now recognizes the feeling before it happens, which makes her able to begin associating that feeling with using the potty.
These signs are great guidelines to help you decide when your child is ready to potty train. Remember, every child develops at a different rate, so try not to stress too much. It’s better to wait a little longer than pressure a child who is not ready. Just remember, your child will not grow up into an adult who wears diapers. You’ll get there.