When should I start potty training?

Many children begin potty training between 18 months and three years old, but it can vary. Rather than going by age, look for these signs that your child is ready.

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  • They know when they need a wee, and may tell you in advance.
  • They show they need to wee by fidgeting.
  • They’re able to tell you when they’re wetting their nappy.
  • They know when they have a wet or dirty nappy.
  • Their nappy stays dry for at least an hour between changes.
  • They’re able to sit on a potty and get up from it when they’re finished.
  • They can to listen to and follow your instructions.

When is a good time to start?

Potty training takes time and consistency, so it’s best not to start just before moving home or going on holiday. Some parents find the process easier in the summer. There are fewer clothes to take off, and washed clothes dry faster.

Remember, you can’t force your child to use a potty before they’re ready. They’ll get it when the time is right, but patience is key. Don’t worry about what other families are doing – stick to what’s right for you and your child.

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