Tell-tale Signs Your Child is Ready for Potty Training

If there’s one milestone every parent looks forward to (well aside from the moment their child calls them ‘mama’ or ‘dada’), we’re pretty sure that’s when the kid is already potty-trained. But the thing is, just like most of the child development milestones, there is no absolute ‘set time’ in starting potty training. It varies with every child, with every family. Some start as early as 20 months old while some only become successful by 4 years old.

So even if you say you have already purchased the best kind of potty trainer or toilet step stool for your kid, you can’t just immediately decide on your own that you’re going to start potty training now.

The best way to ensure a fast and successful potty training is knowing when you can start. In fact, it’s actually like winning half of the battle. Thus, to know “the right time”, you have to start to actively observe your child more and watch out for early signs of independence. Look out for these:

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Physical Signs

Watch his every move and observe potty and bowel movements. These signs tell he’s ready”

  • Walks and runs steadily

  • Can talk at least 2-3 words, expressing needs and desires

  • Fair amount of urination in one go

  • Bowel is ‘well-formed’ and basically in regular schedules

  • Usually wakes up dry from a nap

  • Wears a dry diaper for a longer-than-usual period of time


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Cognitive Signals

His mental and cognitive development of course has an effect on your child’s potty training readiness and early independence. So make sure you can see these:

  • Follows simple instructions and commands

  • Understands the concept of ‘clean’ and ‘dirty’

  • Even has his own words for ‘poo’ and ‘pee’

  • Understands simple value of things, what they’re for

  • Somehow tells you that he’s about to go even if he knows he has his diapers on


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Behavioral Cues

Kids may already be ready for potty training before you even notice it. So make sure you spot these particular behaviors:

  • Shows interest on what people do in the bathroom/toilet

  • Can pull pants/undies up and down independently

  • Shows discomfort in wearing diapers

  • Pulling a dirty or wet diaper on his own

  • Shows a distinct behavior when he’s about to poop (squatting, making faces to tell you, going out of the room, staying in the corner, etc.)

  • Loves hearing praises for his accomplishments


Timing is really everything in potty training. Actually, your success depends more on your child’s readiness than his age. So make a checklist out of these tell-tale signs. And once you see all these present, then it’s now time to finally give up those nappies and start using those trainers and make ready those toilet step stools!