Toilet Training

Ryan Showalter

Physical signs of readiness

  • Is your child coordinated to walk, or 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 2 hours or during naps, which shows that his bladder muscles are developed enough to hold urine

Behavioral signs of readiness

  • Can sit down quietly in one position for 2-5 minutes
  • Can pull his pants up and down
  • Dislikes the feeling of wearing a wet or dirty diaper
  • Shows interest in bathroom habits
  • Gives you a physical or verbal sign of bowel movement (squatting, grunting, telling you
  • Demonstrates a desire for independence
  • Takes pride in accomplishments
  • Isn't resistant to learning to use the toilet

Cognitive signs of readiness

  • Understands the physical signals that mean he has to go and can tell you
  • Can follow simple instructions
  • Understands the value of putting things where they belong
  • Has words for urine and stool
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Parental Reasons

Parental Reasons for starting toilet training could be you have another kid on the way so you need the other child to be able to take care of themselves, some day care don't allow kids in if they aren't potty trained. Also parents might become to busy for diaper changing and they want to start training

Optimal Time

some children are ready to start potty training as early as 18 months. Many parents start around 2 1/2 years, it all depends on your child and how quickly they can learn.
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Muscle Control

Muscle Control is important because it shows signs that he is ready for potty training. They need to be ale to sit on a toilet relaxed, for about 2-5 minutes, so they will need muscle control to do that, and they need to be able to hold in urine and excess urine so muscle control is a big factor in potty training

Kids often learn to go to the potty for bowel movement before urine so practice bowel movement first

Self Dressing

Self dressing plays a critical role in being fully potty trained because the child should be able to undress themselves when they need to go and it shows they have the muscle control.


Encouragement is important because if you praise your child when he uses toilet then he will more likely and do it more. Be patient with your child, dont show disappointment when they do not go to the bathroom. You can give your child stickers and other toys when he does use the toilet so he knows its good and it will make toilet training easier.