Potty Training Readiness Signs
My daughter recently turned 2 years old. We haven't started potty training, but some people tell me it's time. What are the signs that my toddler is ready for potty training? —vivianadeifam
At around the age of 2, children begin learning how to solve problems by picturing a solution and planning a way to accomplish it. Once a child can actively solve problems—like how can I get my favorite doll back from my sibling, or how can I get Mommy to let me stay up later—he/she is cognitively ready to begin toilet training.
How can you really know if your toddler is ready for potty training? Determine if your child has sufficient social responsiveness and understanding by asking her to carry out the following commands in a row:
- Walk to and from the bathroom
- Stand up then sit down
- Point to various body parts; nose, eyes, hair, and mouth
- Imitate you in simple tasks, such as playing patty-cake
- Help you put toys away.
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