1. Child is interested in the toilet and talks about it often.
This is the first sign that your child may be ready to potty train. Pay attention to any conversations they have about the toilet and talk openly with them about it. If they’re curious or excited, this is a good indication that they’re ready to take on this new challenge.
2. Child is accomplishing other developmental milestones (e.g., walking, using simple words, etc.).
This is an important part of the process, as it shows that their brain and body are ready to take on new tasks. If your child can perform basic motor tasks like walking and using simple words, this is a good sign that they’re physically prepared for potty training.
3. Children can follow instructions.
Potty training will require a lot of instruction and guidance. If your child can understand simple requests, such as “Sit on the potty” or “Wash your hands afterward,” then they may be ready for potty training.
4. Able to stay dry for two hours or more at a time.
This is an important part of the potty training process. If your child can stay dry for two hours or more at a time, this shows that they’re able to control their bladder muscles and are ready for potty training.
5. Can recognize feelings of needing to use the toilet.
If your child can recognize when they have to go to the bathroom, this is a sign that they’re ready for the potty training process. Pay close attention to their cues and ask them if they need to use the toilet.
6. Is willing to wear “big kid” underwear.
If your child is excited about wearing underwear, this is a sign that they’re ready for the next step in potty training. Encourage them to be brave and try out new “big kid” clothes.
7. Understands basic hygiene practices like washing hands after going to the bathroom.
It’s important to teach your child good hygiene habits, such as washing their hands after going to the bathroom. If they understand and can remember this basic practice, then they may be ready for potty training.
8. Has regular bowel movements that occur around the same time each day.
If your child has regular bowel movements around the same time each day, this is a sign that their body is ready for potty training. Pay close attention to when they usually go and start introducing them to the toilet at those times.