When is the right time for a child to start potty training? This is one of the most asked questions by parents. There is no definite answer since children are different.
This is why it is important to look out for some signs that can help a parent know whether it is time to start potty training. A parent should never start potty training a child because another child his/her age has started potty training. Doing this will guarantee zero results, even if the best tactics are used. It is like talking, there are some kids that start talking earlier than expected. How can you know when to potty train? Below are some of the signs that tell if a child is ready for potty training.
Until a kid reaches the age of about 20 months, it is unrealistic that the child is able to control his/her bladder and will pee frequently. The early signs will be a child going for an hour or two without wetness. The child can also sleep and wake up still dry. This is the first and the most important sign to look out for. The fact that the child can control his/her bladder means he/she is ready for potty training,
Bowel movements are predictable
When potty training a child, a parent needs to predict the bowel movements of the child and pull out the potty. If the child has a regular rhythm, whether he has a BM in the morning, after meals or right before going to bed, then it will be easier to train him. This will improve the likelihood of success because the child will start getting used to it until it becomes a routine. At first, it can be easy to miss it, but with time, it gets easier and more accurate.
There are some children who happily announce when a bowel movement is about to strike. Children do it in different ways, there are some that will shout it out, while other will use non-verbal signs, like retreating to a corner or producing a preemptive grunt. You need to see if a kid displays any signs before a bowel movement. If you notice any sign, then the kid is ready for potty training.
Despising dirty diapers
There is a stage that toddlers go through where they are averse to personal messes – they are bugged by sticky fingers, errant crumbs, and eager to escape their soiled nappies as soon as possible. This is the perfect time to start potty training the child because he/she dislikes dirty diapers as much as you do.
When the call of nature comes, the child should be able to quickly undress and finish his/her business, otherwise, the potty won’t be of much use.
The child understands bathroom lingo
Whether the kid uses formal terminology such as “defecate” and “urinate” or kid friendly language like “poop” or “pee”, then he/she is ready for potty training.
Some kids follow their parents to the loo to have a look on how it works. This means he/she has toileting on the brain and ready for potty training. These signs will help you know when to potty train.