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8 Signs Toddler is Ready to Potty Train

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Signs toddler is ready to potty train. As parents, we may be ready to start potty training our toddler before our toddler is ready.

Of course, it would be nice to not have to change 10 diapers a day and not have to buy 2 boxes of diapers a week. But if your toddler is not ready then you will not have a potty trained babe.

signs toddler is ready to potty train

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Starting potty training before your toddler is ready could make for a frustrating experience. With our first, we were pushing him to potty train before he was ready and we ended up discouraged.

We stopped for awhile and let him tell us when he was ready, with a little coaching every now and then. So, with my second we will let him tell us when he is ready to potty train.

Every toddler is different but there are some signs they show that they may be ready. Here are the 8 signs your toddler is ready to potty train.

If your toddler shows the signs listed below then check out this post on potty training techniques.

Your toddler shows interest

Your toddler should show signs of interest or curiosity. They want to sit on the potty or wonder what you are doing in the bathroom. There are plenty of books that can also help to spark their interest. This book might be a good choice.

They know when they go

Your toddler will know when they go to the bathroom. If they are hiding behind a chair or going into another room to do their business, that’s a sign they know what they are doing.

They do not like being in a dirty diaper

Your toddler will know when they go and not like to sit or walk around in their dirty diaper. They will either start to cry or whine or be able to tell you that they need their diaper changed.

Your toddler can stay dry

Your toddler will be able to stay dry for longer periods of time. It shows that they are able to hold their bladder for longer and that is important during potty training. If your toddler can stay dry for two or more hours they are ready.

They show their independence

Your toddler will want to start doing things on their own. Once they start saying “I can do it myself” they are probably ready.

They can sit still

Your toddler should be able to sit still without moving around. Using the potty, especially number two, will take some patience. They will need to be able to sit on the potty without being distracted by their surroundings.

They can pull their pants up and down

Your toddler should be able to pull their pants down so they are able to sit on the potty. Then, when they are finished be able to pull their pants back up. This is a great skill to learn even before potty training. Practicing while getting dressed might be helpful when it comes time to potty train.

They can follow directions

There are many steps involved when going to the bathroom. Turning on the light, pulling undies and pants down, sitting on the potty, doing their business, wiping, pulling pants back up, and washing their hands. They need to be able to understand these directions beforehand. This is another technique to practice beforehand, so they will be prepared to listen while potty training.


Please keep in mind that your toddler may show some of these signs and still not be ready to potty train. Also, you may start potty training and things may not go as planned. It is ok to take a step back and try again later.

I hope you found something useful to help your little one to become potty trained. Signs toddler is ready to potty train.

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