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7 Signs Your Child Is Ready For Potty Training

For parents, especially first-time moms, there will come a time when they will contemplate on the timing of potty training their kids. Toilet training is a challenging endeavor, but it could reap benefits that will make parenting worth it. It would also minimize the mess kids make when they need to answer the call of nature.

Before jumping into the signs of when your child is ready for potty training, you need to know and understand first that there is no “right time” to do toilet training. No two kids train alike, so potty training varies for every child and family. The best thing to do is to observe and take note of the changes in your child’s behavior that could be indicative of his or her readiness to know the four-one-one when it comes to using the potty.

Check out all the signs shared by Wellness Mama (found below) since they would tell you if your child is physically, mentally and emotionally ready to switch from wearing diapers to using his or her very own mini toilet.

  1. Long dry periods
  2. Tells you when there’s urine or poop in his or her diaper
  3. No bowel movement at night
  4. Tells you when they need to poop or pee
  5. Leaves the room to poop or asks for privacy
  6. Expresses interest in using the toilet
  7. Manifests desire to do things for one’s self.


Any of the aforesaid signs suggest that your child is already keen on taking control of his or her bladder and bowels. The best sign to take note of for when you plan to start toilet training your child is if he or she informs you if it’s about time for them to urinate or defecate. Less-verbal communication like producing certain sounds such as a preemptive grunt is also a good sign, according to What To Expect

Meanwhile, don’t fret if your child is showing signs of anxiety at the sight of a potty. This is a sign that your child is still not ready to use it and should conquer his or her fear first before you move on to the training proper. Knowing when to really start toilet training involves all the signals mentioned plus parental intuition.