Most kids are ready to potty train when they’re between 18 and 32 months old. But regardless of age, you should be watching for signs of readiness, says Elizabeth Pantley, author of The No-Cry Potty Training Solution. Here’s how to know if it’s time to ditch the diapers—and what to do next.
Look for signs of readiness Your toddler is ready if she:
Start the convo Introducing the idea of using the toilet well before training begins can help the process go more smoothly, says Pantley. It might sound young, but start preparing your kid at around one year of age.
Get them into it Some kids are eager to leave diapers behind. Others have no interest or may be hesitant. Here’s how to pique your child’s interest.
Take the plunge! How you go about training depends on the method you choose. But there are some general guidelines.
A version of this article appeared in our Summer 2016 issue, titled "Ready or not", pg. 62.
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