5 Signs your toddler is ready to be toilet trained?
Taking care of your little one is something you would not trade for anything in this world. Watching him sail through his milestones is a joy despite the challenges. As soon as your child turns about 18 months old and is ready for toilet training, it is time for yet another challenge: Is your child ready to be toilet trained?
There is really no usual age at which a toddler starts showing signs of readiness for toilet training – it can be anywhere between 18 months and three years. If you are wondering if he is ready for toilet training, here are some signs to indicate readiness:
- Dry diaper for hours – It is a sign he can already control his well-developed bladder.
- Predictable bowel schedule – This means you can predict the time when he is most likely to poo and make him sit on his potty trainer.
- Signaling his desire to pee or poo – Your tot’s attempt to communicate (verbally or non-verbally) is a manifestation of his consciousness of his body function. The awareness will make him stop what he is doing to tell you he is going to poo or pee.
- Use of words to mean “defecate” and “urinate” – As these words may be a “mouthful,” they may use some jargons that are easy to say and remember, such as “poo” and “pee.”
- Ability to pull up and down his pants – This is a physical sign that he is ready to do what’s basic when “nature calls.”
Once your toddler is ready for toilet training, he will bask in his independence and achievement. So, give him the space to try the toilet on his own with some guidance and don’t forget to praise him. As your child becomes a little more independent, you too can better enjoy parenthood with a toilet trained toddler in the house.
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