Potty Training

alicia weaver

Signs of Readiness

  • Can walk or run steadily
  • Urinates even amounts at a single time
  • Well formed bowel movements around the same time every day
  • "dry periods" during naps or for at least two hours
  • Can pull up/down pants
  • Does not like the feeling of a wet/ dirty diaper
  • Takes pride in his accomplishments
  • Isn't resistant to learn to use the bathroom
  • Can follow simple instructions
  • Has words for "urine" or "stool"

Parental Reasoning

Potty training gives the parent a well deserved break from changing diapers many times a day

Optimal Time

Although every child is different, many children begin their potty training around 18 months to 3 years

Muscle control

The child needs to be able to "feel" when they need to go potty and understand that they need to "hold it" until they can get to a restroom and prevent an accident.

Self Dressing

The child needs to be able to dress and undress themselves to prevent soiling their clothes. You can help a child pull up and down their pants to show them how going potty works until they get the hang of it.


Encouraging your child is a big deal in potty training because the child will understand going potty in the toilet instead of their pants will often result in some kind of reward. you should reward the by giving them stickers, small toys, and appraises.

Bowel or Bladder

On the question of which the child should learn to do first, most children learn to have bowel movements before they learn to urinate in the toilet. This is normal and if they learn it vise versa that is fine as well