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Is My Toddler Ready For Toilet Training?

Written by Vanessa on October 31st, 2017.      0 comments

You may be wondering where to start, it can be overwhelming to tackle this milestone.
Use the checklist below to measure if your toddler is getting ready. You don't need to wait until you've checked all items off the list to start training. Just look for a general trend toward independence & an understanding of what it means to go to the bathroom like a grown-up.

Is My Toddler Ready for Toilet Training?

Physical signs
  • Is coordinated enough to walk, and even run, steadily.
  • Urinates a fair amount at one time.
  • Has regular, well-formed bowel movements at relatively predictable times.
  • Has "dry" periods of at least two hours or during naps, which shows that his bladder muscles are developed enough to hold urine.
Behavioural signs
  • Can sit down quietly in one position for two to five minutes.
  • Can pull his pants up and down.
  • Dislikes the feeling of wearing a wet or dirty nappy.
  • Shows interest in others' bathroom habits (wants to watch you go to the bathroom or wear underwear).
  • Gives a physical or verbal sign when he's having a bowel movement such as grunting, squatting, or telling you.
  • Demonstrates a desire for independence.
  • Takes pride in his accomplishments.
  • Isn't resistant to learning to use the toilet.
  • Is in a generally cooperative stage, not a negative or contrary one.
Cognitive signs
  • Understands the physical signals that mean he has to go and can tell you before it happens or even hold it until he has time to get to the potty.
  • Can follow simple instructions, such as "go get the toy."
  • Understands the value of putting things where they belong.
  • Has words for urine and stool.
We have a great range of pottys & step stools from BabyBjorn that can help to get you started!


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