We get asked all the time at Little Starlings, "When is it a good time to start potty training?"
So we thought we'd share with you some really useful tips that we advise our parents, that I also used with my own children when they were ready for big pants!!
Firstly, the key is identifying when your child is ready. There really is no right or wrong age to begin potty training it's very individual to your own child as they are all ready at different times.
Just to give you an idea, parents typically start to potty train around two-three years old. On average a potty trained child is around 27 months old.
I always tell parents that if it takes weeks to potty train your child they're just not ready, its almost worth waiting those few extra weeks to get it right in half the time.
Picking a half term or a longer holiday period, is generally a great time to start, as you have longer stretches of time at home which can really help to keep the process as stress free as possible for everyone. There is nothing worse than potty training whilst still needing to go on car journeys...or on the school run. Book in some time to be at home as much as possible so it's easy and quick for them to get to a potty in an environment they are already comfortable in.
Here are some signs that your little one is ready for their potty training journey:
Is your child dry for two hours?
Does your child tell you when they have a wet nappy?
Does your child ask to use the potty?
Are your child's poos regular?
Do they ask to wear pants?
Can your child follow simple instructions?
Does your child tell you when they need to go?
Can they pull up/down their own pants?
It's all about your little ones understanding a little about what's going on and how much they can communicate. It's important to remember if potty training is started too early and it doesn't work out it can cause a lot of anxiety and stress for you both.
So if your child is pulling at their nappy and showing you they're uncomfortable with a soiled nappy, maybe hiding when they've done a wee or poo. Showing you they are interested in using the potty or toilet by asking questions or they have good bladder control. These are all positive signs that they might be ready to take the next step.
Remember there is no pressure to be potty trained by a certain time and that every child is unique.
The fun part is buying those first spider-man or princess pants, and stock up as you'll get through a lot of them in those early days 😀
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