The Right Time to Start Potty Training

Like other developmental skills, potty-training readiness varies by child. The Mao Clinic reports that many children show signs of being ready between 18 and 24 months. However, others might not be ready until they’re 3 years old. It is really much more about a child’s abilities, rather than their age, when it comes to the decision of when to start potty training.

As a parent, don’t allow yourself to compare your child to what other children have done. Don’t feel rushed to start potty training. If you start training before your child is ready, it might take longer.

Look for the Signs

If you can answer “yes” to most of the following questions posed by the Mao Clinic, then your child is probably ready to start potty training:

  • Can your child walk to the toilet and manage to sit on the toilet?
  • When wearing pants with an elastic waist, can your child pull down the pants and pull them up again?
  • Can your child stay dry for up to two hours?
  • Can your child understand and follow multi-step directions?
  • Can your child tell you when he or she needs to go?
  • Does your child show interest in using the toilet or wearing “big-kid” underwear?

We Will Be Your Partners

At The Academy, we are excited to partner with parents during the process of potty training. All our daycares in Franklin TN, Brentwood, Nashville, Hendersonville, Murfreesboro, and Spring Hill support potty training. Our teachers will make potty training a positive and rewarding experience.

Potty training must begin at home. But when you begin, please tell us what routines you are using so we can repeat them in the class. Consistency is key to successful toilet training.

For more detailed information about how to dress your child and the necessary supplies you must provide, refer to the Parents Handbook.

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