Ready for potty-training?

Signs of Readiness

Key events to knowing your child is ready!

Potty training does not come at a specific age, although most toddlers show interest by two years old. There are many different actions that a child goes through that indicate that they might show success with potty training. Be aware of changes in your child's daily activities and the way that they occur.

Checklist of Readiness

Physical Signs

  • Is coordinated enough to walk, and even run, steadily.
  • Urinates a fair amount at one time.
  • Has regular, well-formed bowel movements at relatively predictable times.
  • Has "dry" periods of at least two hours or during naps, which shows that his bladder muscles are developed enough to hold urine. This is especially important when potty training. If the muscles are not developed enough, it is probably not time to potty train.

Dressing and Undressing Self

The toddler must be able to dress and undress themselves in order to be successful in potty training. If the child cannot undress themselves, they will not be able to go to the bathroom alone.


The parents serve a primary role in potty training, because of the way they can encourage their child. The child needs to be rewarded for doing what they need to do. Without encouragement and rewards the child will never be successful in potty training.

Type of Training

Bowel training normally precedes bladder training.

Works Cited

"Potty Training Readiness Checklist | BabyCenter." BabyCenter. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2015.

"Infant and Toddler Health." Potty Training: How to Get the Job Done. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2015.