Is My Child Ready for Potty Training?

I started potty training Kyla at the age of 1 year 10 months and by age 2, she was no longer wearing diapers. She was ready. As for Toby, he has just turned 2, but I haven’t been successful in training him yet. I don’t think he is quite ready too. Although there are days that I remove his diapers and let him wear briefs. Its just that he keeps peeing every hour or less and doesn’t tell me when he poops! So, what are the signs that my child is ready for the potty? I know that every child is different. I researched a bit and these are some information I found. Let me share it with you. The following information is taken from Potty Training Boys.

For any potty training routine it is important that all other caregivers are in on the plan. Consistency is key to successful learning so if both parents, siblings and any other people who care for your child know what you plan they can help with the process.

Potty training is far more likely to be successful if your child is physically and mentally ready to begin. While it might seem that sooner is better, many children are not ready to use a toilet until they are closer to 3 years old.

Before starting you should make sure that your child is able to understand and follow 1-2 directions at a time. For example, he should be able to finish his drink and bring the glass to the kitchen when he is done. If he isn’t able to listen well enough to do as you ask and cannot hold more than one direction in his mind at a time he will not be able to manage the necessary steps to using the toilet.

Your child should also be able to tell when he needs to go to the bathroom, or at the very least be able to tell you that he has soiled his diaper when he is done. Without the ability to be aware of his bowel and bladder movements he will not be able to tell you before he needs to go and his efforts to get to the toilet on time are doomed to fail.

Another important thing is that your child should be able to remain dry for at least 2 hours at a time. It will be far too difficult for him to learn to use the toilet if he constantly needs to pee.

If all of these things are in place it is time to begin teaching your child the basics. You can start by getting him to practice pulling his pants on and off when you get him dressed each morning and night. It is very important that he is able to pull his own pants up by himself, but it may take a while for him to develop the necessary coordination.

In the meantime build up some excitement. Whatever method you decide to use your child needs to be enthusiastic about the process. Research different methods and decide which one fits. Before you know it he will be well on the way to a dry future.


  1. Potty training requires so much, patience, more briefs and panties, stand-by soap and water 🙂 On my next child I hope, Also, by the age of 2 no more diapers na…

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  3. momstheword says

    Generally boys are a lot harder to train than girls. At least, that's what I've heard.

    We used a sticker chart and m&m candy for motivation. Every time they pottied they got a sticker to put on their chart. They loved it.

  4. i already started that training fr my lil ethan but he cant able to make it yet….afterall he’s not speaking pa nmn hehehe =)

  5. Before I was a mother, I never realized what a hot topic potty training was – I knew it was important, but I never realized just how important. Thanks for the information!

  6. I started potty-training my son when he turned 30 mos. when I noticed that his diaper was mostly dry which means he can already hold his pee. But it took a while to get him to pee successfully in the potty, now we have to work on the harder part, lol.

  7. i wonder if it's too early for my baby? my husband has successfully (4x already) urged DB into making poopoo. he was still wearing his diaper though & was standing up. DH was making sounds and telling him to go #2. hehehe. he started this when we were in HK, so that we won't have any poopoo incidents while out of the hotel. 🙂

  8. Stacy's Random Thoughts says

    My Little Princess was always great at letting us know when she was ‘ready’ for next steps…switching from breast feeding at 12 months to baby food, switching from baby food to ‘real’ food…but when it came time for potty training, she was a little bit harder to ‘train’…she was always too busy playing to stop and do her business! 😉 We ended up doing a chart with stickers, and got a bunch of dollar store items (little toys, books, things like that), and would ‘award’ them to her for each successful dry day. She was completely ‘trained’ in about a week! 😉

    Now if only dollar store toys and sticker charts would work on a puppy…we’re getting a new puppy this weekend and I’m not looking forward to the potty training part! LOL!!

  9. It’s true that each child is different, what works for one does not work for the other. I had it easy with my daughter but it was much harder with my son. One thing to remember is to not force the child.

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