When to Start Toilet Training

Q: “When can we expect our toddler to begin toilet training? He’ll be 2 years old next month, and we’re looking forward to being free of diapers.”

A: It’s typically not until age 2 or more that the nerve pathways from the brain to the bladder mature sufficiently for children to become aware of their need to urinate.

Watch your child for signs of this awareness (squeezing his knees together, putting a hand on his 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. Every child progresses at his own rate with many (boys, especially!) not giving up their diapers completely until well into their 3rd year.

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