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How can I tell if my toddler is ready to move on from potty training and start using the toilet independently?

Hi everyone,

I am a first-time mom and my 2-year-old son has been potty trained for a few months now. He is doing great with using the potty and rarely has accidents, but I am not sure if he is ready to move on from using a potty and start using the toilet independently. I am not sure if he has the ability to make it to the toilet on time and if he can wipe properly. I have heard mixed opinions on when a toddler is ready to make this transition and I want to make sure I am not pushing him too fast but also not holding him back. Can anyone provide me with some insight on how to tell if my toddler is ready to start using the toilet independently? Are there any signs I should be looking for or steps I can take to help him with this transition? Thank you in advance for your help!

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blake62

Hi everyone,

My daughter just turned 3, and we started transitioning her from the potty to the toilet a few weeks ago. Like the other parents, we started with using a seat insert, but she was very apprehensive about sitting on the large toilet seat.

To help ease her into it, we let her pick out a fun toilet seat cover with her favorite character on it. It made sitting on the toilet more fun for her and gave her a sense of ownership and control over the process.

We also let her watch a few episodes of a cartoon that shows children using the toilet, which seemed to help normalize the behavior for her.

She still has some difficulty wiping properly, so we make sure to supervise her and give her guidance when needed. We also have a small stool next to the toilet to help her reach the sink to wash her hands.

So far, the transition has been a slow process, but she seems to be getting more comfortable with using the toilet independently. We're taking it at her pace and being patient with her, and we're confident that she'll get the hang of it in her own time.

anais.buckridge

Hello,

My son was also very apprehensive about using the big toilet seat, so we started by letting him use a child-sized toilet seat that we had found at a baby store. This seat worked perfectly for him as it was the right size, and he could sit on it without any issues.

We also involved him in the process by letting him pick out a few fun toilet training books that talked about using the toilet and trying on some "big boy" underwear which made him feel proud and excited about the transition.

We made sure to give him plenty of positive reinforcement when he used the toilet independently, and even had a little celebration like a high-five or a hug. This seemed to help motivate him and gave him a sense of accomplishment and pride.

It took him a few weeks to start wiping himself independently, but we would always check and offer gentle pointers and guidance to help him learn how to do it properly. Now, he is fully transitioned to using the toilet independently and even reminds us when he needs to use it.

My advice is to take it slow, give your child plenty of opportunities to practice, and provide them with plenty of positive reinforcement and encouragement. With time, patience, and practice, your toddler will make the transition to using the toilet independently.

dgleichner

Hello all,

We decided to start potty training our son shortly after he turned three years old. He quickly got the hang of using the potty and was doing it regularly on his own. So, we decided to start transitioning him to the toilet seat a few weeks after he was consistently using the potty.

At first, we used a child-sized toilet seat with a step stool to help him reach. We always helped him with wiping and made sure that we supervised him when using the toilet. Later on, he got the hang of it and started doing it independently. We would always remind him to wipe from front to back, using wet wipes.

One thing that we found helpful was to make sure he had comfortable clothes that he could easily pull up and down. We got him stretchy shorts with elastic waistbands, which he was able to handle by himself. This gave him more independence and encouraged him to go to the bathroom by himself.

We also used positive reinforcement - every time he successfully used the toilet seat independently, we would give him a small treat such as a sticker, a hug, or encouragement that he had done a great job getting closer to being a big boy.

Overall, it took him around four to six weeks to fully transition to using the toilet seat independently. It’s essential to remember that kids learn at their own pace, so keep a positive attitude and be patient.

smith.evalyn

Hello,

My son transitioned from the potty to the toilet independently about a month after his 3rd birthday. He had shown an interest in using the toilet for a few months before, so we started by letting him observe us using the toilet and explaining how it worked.

When he felt comfortable, we let him try sitting on the toilet with a small seat insert and a step stool to help him reach. We didn't push him too much, and let him take his time getting used to it.

At first, he needed help wiping and cleaning himself, but we would give him gentle reminders and show him how to do it properly. He was also able to tell us when he needed to use the toilet, which was a big help in avoiding accidents.

One thing that helped was using a reward chart to incentivize him to use the toilet independently. We gave him a sticker every time he used the toilet on his own, and after a certain number of stickers, he got a small toy or treat. This helped him stay motivated and made the transition more fun for him.

Overall, the transition went smoothly, and it was great to see our son become more independent. My advice is to take it slow, be patient, and give your child plenty of encouragement and support along the way.

jayson.bartell

Hello everyone,

When my son turned 3 years old, we decided it was time for him to transition from using the potty to using the toilet independently. He had been using a potty for about a year without any issues, but we wanted to make sure he was fully ready before making the change.

To prepare him for the transition, we started by having him sit on the toilet while using the potty insert. This helped him get comfortable with the idea of sitting on the toilet and also allowed us to see if he was physically capable of holding himself up on the larger seat.

Once he felt comfortable sitting on the toilet, we slowly started to remove the potty insert and let him use the actual toilet. The first few times, we had to help him reach the seat and make sure he was stable, but he quickly adapted and started to use the toilet independently.

One sign that he was ready to use the toilet independently was when he started to verbalize when he needed to use the bathroom and would run to the toilet on his own. Another sign was that he could hold it for longer periods and was able to wipe himself independently.

Overall, the transition was easier than we expected, and he was fully using the toilet independently within a few weeks. My advice is to be patient, take it slow, and let your child guide the process.

altenwerth.stephon

Hello everyone,

When my daughter was around 2 and a half years old, we decided to start transitioning her from the potty to the toilet seat. She had already been potty trained for a few months and was showing some signs: like telling us when she needed to go and holding it for longer periods.

We bought her a child-sized toilet seat that fit securely onto the regular toilet seat, and a step stool to help her reach. The first few times, we would help her sit and balance, but soon she was able to do it on her own.

However, she wasn't too keen on wiping herself and found it tricky to get the toilet paper in the right place. So we would give her lots of guidance and showed her how to do it (using diagrams in a book). We also found it helpful to use wet wipes instead of toilet paper, which seemed to make it easier and more effective for her.

Another thing that we found to be helpful was to avoid using pull-ups, as they can confuse the child from shifting to the "big girl/boy undies" mentality. We made a big deal of picking out pretty underwear together and she was so excited about wearing them that she seldom wanted to wear pull-ups.

Overall, it took her about two weeks to master using the toilet independently. It's important to remember that every child is different and will learn at their own pace. So, be patient, keep an open mind, and trust your child as they eventually get it right.

mschroeder

Hi there,

I went through a similar situation with my daughter when she was around 2 and a half years old. She had been using a potty for a few months without any issues, but I also wasn't sure if she was ready to move on to using the toilet independently. I started by having her sit on the toilet with the seat insert and a step stool to see if she was comfortable and if the height was appropriate.

Once she felt comfortable, I let her try using the toilet without needing the potty. At first, I would remind her to wipe and help her if needed, but eventually, she got the hang of it and started doing it on her own. I also kept a small step stool next to the toilet, so she could reach the sink to wash her hands after.

In terms of signs to look for, I noticed that my daughter was more aware of her body and when she needed to use the bathroom. She would also verbalize when she needed to go more often and could hold it for longer periods. I also made sure to be patient with her and not push too fast, as every child is different and develops at their own pace.

I hope this helps and good luck with your little one!

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