Teaching your child to use a potty is a milestone parents eagerly anticipate and dread in equal measure. While on the one hand the promise of no more nappies is a good one, actually getting your child to use a potty is another matter altogether. So how will you know when it’s time? Experts recommend thinking about potty training between the ages of 18 and 30 months, but take the lead from your child. The following signs may be a clue they’re ready:
- They stay drier for longer periods of time during the day
- They let the whole world know when they’re filling their nappy
- They’re physically able to undress themselves
- They become fascinated with the way grown ups go to the toilet
- They want to wear grown-up pants
Whenever you decide to ditch the nappies, expect a few accidents along the way. Yes, you’ll find plenty of books that promise a potty-trained child in one weekend, but every toddler is different. If your little one isn’t happy with the new arrangement or has repeated accidents, take a break and try again in a few weeks. The most successful training occurs when it’s your child’s idea, not yours.