Signs My Child is Ready For Potty Training

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Signs My Child is Ready For Potty Training

Potty training is one of the biggest and most significant phases for toddlers and parents alike. Most parents are more than ready to ditch the diapers and get their child ready to start using the bathroom. However, the biggest obstacle for many parents is determining when their child is ready to start on their potty-training journey.

If you still aren’t sure if your child is ready for potty training, here are some of the most common signs that your child is ready to give potty training a go.

–       Pulling on their wet or dirty diapers, or trying to remove their own soiled diapers.

–       Showing a greater interest in other family members using the bathroom, or trying to copy their behavior

–       Starting to “hold it” or having a dry diaper for longer periods than normal

–       Getting up from a nap with a dry diaper

–       Hiding when they need to go to the bathroom in their diaper

–       Telling you that they are about to go to the bathroom or that they have just gone to the bathroom

If your child is showing two or more of these signs, then it may be time to start potty training. This is an exciting time for kids and parents alike and a sign of emerging independence in your little one. However, it is important to remember that this is a journey for you and your child. You will need to be patient, positive, and motivating as you both work on working through potty training together.

Remember, these signs are great indicators that your child may be ready for potty training, but there are also times when you shouldn’t try to push potty training too much. The best rule of thumb is to make sure that you aren’t introducing too many changes at once. For example, don’t try to push potty training if your toddler is already hitting some of these other major milestones, such as:

–       Moving to a new home

–       Having a new sibling in the house

–       Transitioning from a bed to a crib

–       Being weaned from breastfeeding

–       Stopping using their pacifier

–       Starting at daycare or switching to a new school

Here at Continuum Pediatrics, we know that training can be a difficult topic for parents and that there are going to be a number of little road bumps along the way. If you have any questions about the process or worry that your child is struggling with potty training, then contact us today. You can call our office directly at 817-617-8600 to schedule an appointment with our team right away.