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6 Signs Your Child is Ready to Potty Train

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6 Signs Your Child is Ready to Potty Train

Ahhh so you’re thinking of potty training. It’s as dirty job but someones gotta do it….

And you’re not sure if your child is ready for potty training. Well, I’m here to save you a lot of time and effort by going over 6 signs you should look for to know if your child is potty training

But first…why is this important?

If your child is not ready, or if you do not prepare him or her in the right way, it can lead to many emotional, behavioral and even physical complications.

What do I mean?

If your child isn’t ready to potty train, let go of their diaper, or give up the control, they are going to resist – resist – resist. Trust me. I’ve been doing this a long time and I can promise you that will happen. 

So the best way to prevent that from happening is to prepare-prepare-prepare. If you want to know all the steps you should follow to make sure you prepare the right way – check out my two videos “What you need BEFORE potty training, “What NOT to do when potty training”, “10 things you need to get BEFORE potty training”. 

So…what are the 6 Signs Your Child is Ready to Be Potty Trained

#1  Take off the diaper as soon as they throw it.  Often times this means tossing or kicking the diaper in the air, on the ground, or at you.   Tip: encourage them to toss it in the trash can, so they start associating the diaper with the bathroom. 

#2  The infamous pee pee dance. If you see your kiddo doing a little dance (with diapers), that means they are feeling the sensations that come about when we have to go pee. 

#3  Hiding in the corner or another spot that’s comfortable. Usually, it’s while facing you with a grunt and red face.  This is particularly common when kids are pooping. 

#4 Pointing at themselves, touching their diaper, or walking up to you after they soiled. This is huge! Communicating to you about their toileting needs is a huge first step in the potty training process. The fact that they are doing it already is going to save you sooo much time in the future. 

#5 Being curious about you going potty, or wanting to stay in the general area to watch you go. Shows they’re interested in figuring out what goes on in there AND that they are not fearful of the process. 

#6 Your doctor says so!!! This is a HUGE factor to consider before potty training. If your child has special dietary, or medical needs, please, please consult with your doctor before potty training. This is especially true for kiddos who struggle with excessive constipation or diarrhea. 

So we just covered 6 signs your kiddo might be ready to potty training. If you have any questions about other signs – leave me a comment below. Or if you think you’re kiddo is ready – “It’s Time” in the message below and I’ll send you an easy checklist to help guide you.