Maybe you’re just now growing weary of changing diapers. Or, maybe you’ve worked the potty angle for a while. Either way you may find yourself in over your head entering into potty training territory. In a perfect world kids would be born using the potty. There would be no diapers, no accidents and no messy clean-ups; too bad this isn’t the perfect world!
Even though life’s not perfect that doesn’t mean potty training has to be hard. Heck, it can even be fun! Potty dance anyone?! Because I know the woes of potty training, I wanted to offer up some tips and tricks that worked for us.
Potty Training Tip 1: Know the Signs
There is no rule that says kids need to start potty training at a certain age. I’ve seen kids as young as 18 months completely potty trained and as old as 5 still in pull-ups. Kids will let you know when they’re ready, it’s all about knowing the signs.
6 signs your child may be ready for potty training
- They have a fascination with the toilet. I don’t just mean bathing dolls or floating boats. I mean they love to watch it flush and want to sit on it.
- They really hate being wet/stinky. If they come to you and tell you to change them, they may be ready for the potty.
- They are able to dress/undress themselves (at least partly.) This is needed to get those pesky pants up and down to use the potty.
- They hold it in for 2 hours or more. If you’re noticing you change diapers much less often they may be holding it in to avoid that “dirty” feeling. This also shows they’re physically ready to use the potty.
- They watch you tinkle. Kids learn by example so it’s only feasible they would learn to go potty by watching you. They want to be like mom & dad so they’re learning the tricks of the trade.
- They ask to use the potty or tell you they have to go. Pretty self-explanatory, don’t ya’ think?
If your niece, nephew, kid down the street or whoever is potty training, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right time for your child. Trying to force a child into potty training is a lot like throwing them in a lake and telling them to swim. They’re going to panic and most likely sink. There’s nothing wrong with testing the water, but don’t just toss them in. If you take them out of diapers before they’re ready you’re going to have a mess on your hands – literally. Once you start seeing the signs you’ll know they’re ready.