How young can they start toilet training?
Signs that your child is ready for toilet training
- She is 18 months old or more.
- She has an awareness that she has wet her nappy or had a bowel movement and is feeling uncomfortable. She may clutch her nappy, wriggle uncomfortably or even tell you that she has done a wee if her vocabulary stretches this far.
- She can tell that she is about to have a bowel movement before it starts. She may stand very still and go pink in the face,p or she may indicate to you with sounds that something is about to happen.
- She is able to hold on to her urine for a short while. This usually happens after the control of her bowel movements, later in her second year.
- She understands what you tell her when you show her a potty and explain what it's for.
- She is happy to sit on the potty or toilet regularly, even if she is not filling it initially.
- She shows an interest in copying you and wants to try using the toilet herself or wearing proper pants.
- She can manage her clothes and get on and off the potty herself. (She is less likely to resent the learning process if she feels in control.)