When to Start Toilet Training

Kids aren’t physiologically ready for toilet training until at least 18 months of age. That’s when they’re typically able to recognize they need to urinate and can hold it long enough to get to a toilet.

Watch your child for signs of this physical awareness (squeezing her knees together, putting a hand on her pelvis or simply a new facial expression).

Offer a potty at the first signs of readiness, but let the process of toilet training take its time. Your toddler may not be cognitively ready yet to associate the need to pee with potty use or to interrupt other distractions to head to the bathroom.

Every child progresses at his own rate with many (boys, especially!) not giving up their diapers completely until well into their 3rd year.

See also ...

•  Toilet training readiness

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