Amanda McLean, Ph.D.
Although parents tend to start thinking about potty training when their child reaches a certain age, there are a number of skills and signs that will indicate when their child is really ready for the milestone. Several factors to consider when determining readiness for toilet training include your child’s age and language skills, as well as physical, emotional and instructional readiness. Girls tend to be successfully trained earlier than boys, and older children tend to be trained faster. Waiting until you and your child are ready may actually make the process go smoother and faster. Below are several signs that your child may be ready for toilet training:
If you think your child is ready for toilet training, below are five basic steps to follow:
Remember that it is important to not make toilet training a big deal. Just like when adults learn new things, children are more likely to quickly pick up a new skill when the process is stress-free.