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Signs Your Child is Ready for Potty Training

While the average age to start potty training is between 2 1/2 and 3 years old, each child is different. There are a few signs that will help you determine whither or not your child is ready for potty-training. Often just watching out for the following signs will help you help them go like a big kid.

Hiding when they go -- If your child tends to run and hide when he/she goes to the restroom, then they are aware enough to start using the big kid potty. They may even tell you they have to go by pointing.

They hate being wet/dirty -- Your child might be letting you know when it's time to change their diaper. It could be the simple fact they don't like sitting in a wet or soiled diaper. This is a great reason to start teaching them to use the potty and explain to them how they will be more comfortable without a yucky diaper.

Has long periods of not going -- If your child tends to hold it when he/she is napping, then it shows their bladder muscles are working well enough to start training.

Independent -- If your child is independent enough to pull his/her pants up and down then it's a good sign to start. If he/she can also walk to the bathroom by themselves and sit on the potty unassisted they are showing signs of being ready.

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ison1 wrote on January 3, 2015, 6:27 PM

Hello. That's interesting stuff. I am off to bed soon. Catch you later

Colibry21 wrote on January 3, 2015, 8:32 PM

Interesting tips. Definitely will keep this in mind.

maramadalina wrote on January 3, 2015, 10:47 PM

Your article is very interesting for many mums here. emoticon :smile: Have a great weekend,

k2705 wrote on January 4, 2015, 10:40 AM

I'm going to start my Son soon he's 2 and a half he will use it sometimes and always hides when he has a poo.

catsholiday wrote on January 4, 2015, 10:53 AM

Mine took forever to train so I am not a great person to ask about potty training - you suggestions make sense I agree