As your baby starts to move out of their babyhood, there's a lot to look forward to. Funny conversations, adorable clothing choices, and the incredible way they uncover how the world works are among the greatest joys of toddlerhood. Of course, having a toddler comes with its own challenges, one of which is the apprehension of potty training looming on the horizon. As your little one starts to get older, signs of potty-readiness will start to show. But, how long should it take to potty train a toddler? Unfortunately, there's no right answer for that.
According to University of Michigan Medicine, most children show readiness to potty train between 24 to 27 months, but, more than likely, the earlier you start, the longer the process will take. It typically takes about three to six months to potty train a child who is ready, with about 98 percent of children being trained by the time they are 3 years old. But, these are just averages, and each individual child needs their own time to understand the process. In fact, as University of Michigan Medicine mentioned, it's common for children to still wet at night until they are 5 years old. (Pull-ups are your friend.)
Potty training can be a long process, with "readiness" being the first goal. As your child becomes open to the potty process, you'll see a few signs that she may be ready to start training. As Parents noted, when your child is ready, they may tell you they're about to pee or poop, they may want to be cleaned right away, show a desire for independence, or go longer periods of time with a dry diaper.
If, in addition to that, you are ready to devote time to the process, potty training might be the next step.
Still, it's best to not put the pressure of a timeline on yourself or your child to complete the process. According to Mayo Clinic, if your child resists the potty, or isn't catching on a few weeks in, chances are they are not yet ready. The American Academy of Pediatrics also noted that the longer you wait to train, the quicker the process may be, since your child will have the necessary skills of self-sufficiency.
There is no clear way to tell how long it will take to potty train your child. Your child may catch on in a few days, or it might take a year, Child Development Institute suggested. Looking for signs of readiness, and allowing them to learn and grow in their own time can be the best way to ensure your child's potty training success. (And your own sanity.)