Potty training age is one of the most controversial topics. The most common question newest parents I meet ask is what age to potty train. There’s nothing better than not having to pack like a Sherpa every time you leave the house, loaded down with diaper bags and different baby changing paraphernalia.
Many parents also like to be proud of the fact that their child is fully potty trained; and rightfully so, it is a big day when a child “goes by themselves” for the first time. Unfortunately, children between 18 to 24 months old are not known for being cooperative, and it will take several attempts to accomplish this goal.
Then when is the proper time to start the potty training journey? I’m afraid to say that while the answer for when to begin toilet training is agreed upon in theory the vast difference between children of the same age makes it impossible to nail down at the time to start to a specific date.
The consensus for beginning the toilet training of your toddler is agreed to be around 18 to 22 months. Remember that this is when the potty training would ideally ‘starts’ – you will rarely have a perfectly toilet trained child by 22 months old.
Right age for potty training
1: The Communication Stage
If you, as well as your toddler, cannot communicate what is required, then you’ve zero possibility of success. It is much easier to start toilet training when your child can understand simple one, two and three-word phrases so that they will at least begin to understand what it is you want them to do.
2: The Realization Stage
The child must be physically capable of knowing either a) they’re just about to go, or b) they realize that they’ve just gone. It can help to identify this stage if your toddler starts a “hiding phase” where they go and hide under a table or behind the couch to complete their business. Your child will also need to show that they are capable of “holding it” for the longer time than before to start developing bladder and bowel control.
3: The Curiosity Stage
Does your child show any curiosity about why all the adults get to use the bathroom or to want to know “what happens in there”? Have they shown any interest or curiosity in wanting to be “grown up” and use the bathroom themselves?
When your toddler is showing these signs regularly, it is usually the beginning stages that your child is ready to start potty training. Now you just need to know how to interpret the signs your child is making or giving you, and you are halfway there.