Toilet Training

By Josiah Henderson

Signs of Readiness

Signs of readiness include

  • An interest in using the restroom
  • The ability to listen to commands
  • Disliking how a dirty diaper feels
  • Has the coordination to walk or run steadily
  • The ability to sit still for a short period of time
  • Demonstrating the desire for independence and a pride in achievements
  • The ability to undress and dress themselves
  • Making it through naps without wetting themselves or having dry spells

Children are unlikely to demonstrate all of these at once, however, once they exhibit a majority of the signs, they are likely ready to start potty training.


Parental reasons

Once a child is able to use the restroom without a parent's help, it helps the child take one more step towards independence and the parents will no longer have to change diapers for them. Overall, it's just a little bit easier for them.

Which comes first?

Bowel training comes first, followed by training the bladder.

Muscle control and it's importance

Muscle control is important because without it, any training would be futile. If they can't hold it in, they can't train.

Optimal time

The optimal time to start training is 18 months to 3 years.