Toilet Training a Toddler

13 Signs that Your Toddler Is Ready to Start Potty Training

Toilet Training a ToddlerA few weeks ago, I decided that it was time to let my son pick out a potty seat.  We choose to get a potty seat that easily fits on the regular toilet, so that I wouldn’t have to retrain him to use the big potty once he had potty training down.  Besides that the daycare he attends also uses a potty seat  similar to the one that I bought for him. I wanted to try keep things consistent since he will begin potty training at daycare soon.

Disclosure:  This post is for informational purposes only and is based upon my own experience my with my toddler.

I took him to the store with me and allowed him to choose the potty seat design that he wanted.  I showed him a cars and sesame street potty seat which had Elmo on it.  He choose the Sesame Street potty seat.

My son isn’t quite two and was starting to show the signs that he is ready to potty train.  He was walking around the house and saying “I poop”.  He would tell me that each time his diaper was soiled, which meant that he was becoming aware of the fact that he was soiling his diaper.  He has also been waking up from nap time and there has been quite a few mornings that he has woken up with a dry diaper.  This let me know that the muscles in his bladder are getting strong enough to hold his urine until his bladder was fuller.  I try to let him sit on the potty for a few minutes a day so that he can get used to sitting on his new potty seat.  However, so far he hasn’t gone on the potty and will wait until I put his diaper back on to go to the restroom.  This is typical since they are used to going to the bathroom in a diaper and it feels different when using the bathroom on a toilet.

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7 responses to “13 Signs that Your Toddler Is Ready to Start Potty Training”

  1. Deanna U Avatar

    Thanks for this, we will start potty training our 2 year old in a couple of months!

    1. Christy Avatar

      My son is still all talk but wants to get up on the potty. He moved up to the bigger class where he sees other kids going potty and wants to try it.

  2. Marcie Avatar

    Love the article.

    1. Christy Avatar

      Thank you Marcie 🙂

  3. Leigh Avatar

    I am training one of my twins right now – they are almost 2 1/2 years old. It’s going ok, but I have gotten lazy and not done the underwear yet – still on pull ups 🙂

    1. Christy Avatar

      No worries Leigh, they will go potty when they are ready. My oldest child was almost 4 before she was potty trained. I didn’t rush it because of her hearing loss and communication barriers.

  4. Shannon Avatar

    Thank you for posting this for parents and caretakers. Have a lovely day.