3 Signs Your Child is Ready for Potty Training

You are sitting at the park, chatting with some moms, and the topic of potty training comes up. One mom says her daughter trained herself at 15 months. Another says she’s doing it now. And yet another says her 4 year old still wears diapers.

There are a lot of philosophies on potty training these days, making it difficult to know which path to choose.

My personal belief is that you should wait until the child is ready. You can read more of that story here. But I wanted to write down a few consistent signs that my 4 kids showed when they were “ready” to drop the diapers on use the toilet.

  1. Hiding when they poop.
We all know that eerie silence when our toddler disappears and we finally discover them drawing on the wall with a crayon. You may find them hiding more often, but it may be to do their business.

2. They start telling you that they pooped.
They may not have noticed before, but now they have a heightened awareness of what is going on down there. In order to be able to control their excretive function, they need to first have an awareness of their body.

3. Taking off their diaper. This is related to #2; I think that when they start to feel uncomfortable they want to take it off.

Please take note though- just because they are “ready” doesn’t mean a full fledged potty training regiment. “Ready” is going to vary from child to child. They simply may need to read some more books on the topic, or maybe they are ready to sit on a toilet.  For more tips on Potty Educating your child, read this.


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