When to start potty training? Five key signs to look for

How do I know when to start potty training for my child? It can be very individual, but here are 5 signs that your child is getting ready for potty training.

BABYBJÖRN Magazine – When to start potty training? Children testing the BABYBJÖRN Potty Chair
Pull out the potty if your little one starts communicating with you and mentions “pee” and “poop”.
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Children mature and develop individually, so when to start potty training varies from child to child. Here are five signs of readiness you can look for in your child, according to Dr. Robyn Strosaker, pediatrician at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland:

  1. You’re changing diapers less
    If your little one is staying dry for an hour or two at a time or if they wake from nap or night time and are still dry, this could mean that your toddler is ready to start potty training.
  2. Their potty times become predictable
    If you start to notice a pattern to your child’s potty habits, it may be a good time to pull out the training potty.
  3. They don’t like having a dirty diaper or announce that they need to be changed. This may become a common conversation in your house, but it’s a great indication of potty readiness!
  4. They talk the talk
    If your little one starts communicating with you and mentions words like “pee” and “poop,” they are well on their way to potty independence.
  5. They walk the walk
    Your curious toddler may start to take an interest in your trips to the bathroom. If so, talk to her or him about what you are doing and encourage them to do the same.

The pediatrician’s potty training guide: How to provide a good potty training experience