I was really lucky with my first child — he essentially potty trained himself. It sounds wild, but he simply could not abide the feeling of being dirty, and as soon as we bought him a potty, he started using it. So you can imagine my surprise when my daughter was seemingly uninterested in potty training for what felt like forever. I was gobsmacked by how different their attitudes were, and a bit at a loss. Eventually — thank the gods — I learned the cues that a baby is ready to potty train.
According to American Family Physicians, there are a lot of clues as to whether or not your child is ready to begin the sometimes grueling process of potty training. Some of them are fairly straight forward, but others are easier to miss given how routine they seem. From the period of 18 months until about 4 years of age, you'll be watching your little one very closely, evaluating everything from when they stop pooping in their diaper overnight, to when they can pull on and off their pants mostly unassisted.
If it seems complex, don't worry. Most of it is the ability to clean up a mess and get creative with toilet seat covers in public restrooms. However, some of it requires a few more sleuthing skills.
“Regardless of the method you use, your child is mostly going to dictate how quickly the potty training goes,” Abigail Klemsz, M.D., pediatrician at Indiana University Health said to the Riley Children's Health Blog. Which sounds incredibly frustrating, but it makes sense if you think about it. This is their show — you're merely the trainers. But if you need more prep, look for these seven cues that your baby is ready to potty train.