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What are some signs that my toddler is ready to start toilet training?

Hi fellow parents,

I have a 2-year-old toddler who is showing some signs of being ready to start toilet training. However, I'm not quite sure if I'm interpreting these signs correctly or if they are strong enough indicators to begin the process. She seems to be a bit more interested in the bathroom and stops her play to observe what we do when we use it. I've noticed that she also tells me when she has pooped in her diaper and seems uncomfortable if she has a dirty diaper. These behaviors have been consistent for a few weeks now and I'm wondering if they are signs that she is ready for toilet training. What do you think? Are there any other signs that I should be looking out for before I start the process? Any tips or advice on how to go about it? Thanks in advance.

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Hello there,

From my experience as a parent and a pediatrician, toddlers may show readiness signs for weeks, but it's always better to wait until they have enough physical control over their bladder and bowel movements. My son started showing interest in the bathroom and telling us when he pooped when he was about 2 years old too, but we waited until he turned 2.5 years to start training because we wanted to ensure he was physically ready.

Another sign that a toddler is physically ready is if they have predictable bowel movements. When my son started having a predictable schedule, we knew it was the right time.

When you start potty training, it's important to take it slow and make sure your toddler is comfortable. We started with a potty chair in the living room, and then gradually moved it to the bathroom so that our son could get used to the new location.

Encouragement and positive reinforcement are essential. We celebrated every time our son used the potty, and after a while, he stopped having accidents and was fully trained.

In summary, while readiness signs are crucial, it's important to wait until your child has enough physical control to avoid unnecessary frustration on both sides.


Hi there!

From my personal experience, it sounds like your toddler is definitely showing some signs of readiness for toilet training. When my daughter was around the same age, she also started showing an interest in the bathroom and would sometimes tell me when she needed to pee or poop. I took this as a sign that she was ready to start the training process.

Another sign to look out for is if your toddler stays dry for longer periods of time. This could indicate that their bladder control is getting stronger and they might be able to hold it in until they get to the toilet.

As for tips, I found it helpful to introduce a potty chair to my daughter and let her sit on it fully clothed so she could get used to the feeling of sitting on it. I also let her watch me and her older siblings use the toilet so she could see what was expected of her.

It's important to remember that every child is different and there's no one-size-fits-all approach to toilet training. It's a process that requires patience, consistency, and lots of positive reinforcement. Good luck!


Hello everyone,

In my experience, one of the most significant indicators that my child was ready for toilet training was when they started showing curiosity about the process. My son would follow me into the bathroom and observe what I was doing, which I took as a sign that he was ready to learn about it.

Another sign that my son was ready was when he became more independent in his everyday life. He was less clingy and started to show an interest in trying new things, like using the potty. I believe he wanted to be more independent and seeing us use the toilet daily made him curious about this new process.

When we started potty training, we took it slow and made sure not to force anything. It's important to listen and be aware of your child's needs during the potty training process, as it can be frustrating and overwhelming for both the child and parent.

We started by introducing a small potty chair and letting him sit on it, without any pressure or expectation to go. We would also read potty training books with him to help him understand the process.

Overall, I believe it's important to trust your instincts as a parent and listen to your child's cues to determine if they are ready for potty training. By starting slowly and being supportive, we were able to successfully potty train my son.



I found that one of the clear signs that my child was ready for potty training was their behavior during diaper changes. My son started to protest more when it was time to have his diaper changed, especially if it was a wet or dirty one. This showed me that he was starting to become aware of his bodily functions and was uncomfortable with the feeling of a dirty diaper.

Another sign that my son was ready was that he would start to tell me if he had gone pee or poop in his diaper. He would use a few sounds or point to his diaper, which was enough for me to know what he wanted to say. This communication showed me that he was capable of understanding the correlation between his body's urges and the act of peeing or pooping.

Once we started potty training, it was helpful to have a reward system in place to encourage him to use the potty. We would give him stickers or a small treat every time he went to the potty, and it was productive in making him feel good about learning this new skill.

In conclusion, noticing a change in my son's behavior, such as unsettled feelings during diaper changes and communication around having a dirty or wet diaper, were strong indicators that he was ready for toilet training. Reward systems and encouraging words were beneficial in the training process.

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