Welcome to part 1 of a short series of posts about toilet training from the perspective of everyday Mums who have been there (and incidentally, all of them more than once). Today we are exploring the question;
How did you know that your child was ready to toilet train/potty train?
- They told me! Two of my three girls said they were not going to wear nappies anymore and they didn’t. There were definite signs before though like telling me when they were wetting their nappy and asking for nappy changes. SR
- They showed interest in the toilet and sitting on it and copying me. Toilet paper was particularly fascinating! AH
- I didn’t. I thought I knew, but I was wrong. She let me know when she was really ready! CO
- They would tell me when they had done poo and were visibly uncomfortable with a soiled nappy. They could pull their pants up and down by themselves. We toilet trained both at 2.5 years of age. TW
- I read “Nappy Duck and Potty Piggy” to them. If they seemed interested then I started gently from there. SP
- For our girls there were none of the initial early signs of phsycal readiness. They became more aware and interested in the workings of going to the toilet but showed no sign of being interested in or able to use the toilet themselves. At about age 3 I initiated the process to ‘test the waters’ so to speak based mostly on their age and me having the time and opportunity to give it a go. KF
- At around 2, our son began wanting to do what his big sisters did – wear undies, sit on the toilet, etc. This was our first cue that he was emotionally interested and ready to try. Physically he began to wee in greater amounts less often – so more big wees instead of lots of little wees, a sign that his bladder could hold more and that his muscles were beginning to mature enough to hold on for longer. KF
How did you know when it was time to toilet train at your house?
Great big thanks for sharing so generously go to Shae (Mum to 3 girls), Tanya (Mum to a pigeon pair), Amanda (Mum to 2 girls), Kate (Mum to 4 – two of each), Cath (Mum to 1+1) and Sarah (Mum to 2 boys and 1 girl).
Read the rest of the Everyday Mums Talk Toilet Training series;
- Part 2: What Approach Did You Take to Toilet Training?
- Part 3: What ‘Equipment’ Did You Need to Start Potty Training? and Differences Training Girls and Boys
- Part 4: Managing Regressions
- Part 5: Sleep Time Toilet Training
- Part 6: Teaching Children to ‘Wipe’
- Part 7: What is Your #1 Tip for Toilet Training?