It can sometimes be difficult to know when to start potty training as different children are ready at different ages and what worked for your first child may not work for subsequent siblings. Don’t fret though! With our top tips for spotting signs that symbolise it’s time to start baby potty training, as well as advice for beginning this big step in your parenting journey, we’ll help you get there.
What age to start potty training
Every child is different and it can be hard to decide when to potty train your kids.
Early potty training can occur at around 1-years-old but many parents wait until their child is 2-3-years old. It is best to wait until both your child and you are ready.
How do you know when to start potty training?
There are a few signs that your child is ready to begin potty training. These are:
- They start pulling at their dirty nappies. This shows they are aware of when they have used it to go to wee or poo.
- They hide to wee or poo. Many children will retreat to the same corner or area of the house for this.
- They show interest in the toilet. They may follow or watch you or their siblings using a toilet or potty.
- Staying dry for longer periods of time. Especially if they are dry at night or after a nap.
- They talk about it. Telling you they have just been or need to go is a sure sign they’re ready to start potty training.
What will you need to start potty training?
There are a few essentials that you will need when you start baby potty training these include:
- A potty and / or a training step and seat for the toilet. You may want to invest in a travel option too so that your hard work isn’t pushed back by outings.
- Training pads for the bed (these can also be used on the sofa during the day).
- Consider items for when you’re out and about such as a travel training seat which can fold up inside your bag or a travel potty.
For more advice, read our article on how to start potty training a boy or girl at home.
Here are our tips for a successful potty-training journey:
- Have everything ready well in advance. Don’t be caught short.
- Explain the process to your child so they understand what’s expected.
- Listen to your child – if they start talking about using the toilet, hiding when they fill their nappy, or pulling at a dirty nappy then it may be time to start potty training.
- Get them into a routine of sitting on the potty or toilet at intervals during the day.