Potty Training

Milestone: Potty Training

You may be wondering, "Is my child ready to be potty trained?" 

Most toddlers are ready to be trained between 27 and 32 months. Here are some signs that they may be ready to begin: 

  • Their diaper stays dry for 2 hours or more.
  • They tell (or show) you when they need to go.
  • They are bothered when their diaper is dirty.
  • They can pull their pants off and back on.
  • They can understand and follow directions.

PLAN AHEAD Before you get started. You may want to…

  • Purchase a toddler potty or potty seat.
  • Check out a potty training book to read together.
  • Clean the bathroom. (You will be spending a lot of time in there.)
  • CELEBRATE! Whether you make a chart for stickers, do a potty dance, or call all the relatives so they can say, “Good job”, make sure to celebrate the successes--no matter how small.
  • PREPARE FOR ACCIDENTS. Accidents will happen. Help your toddler not to feel ashamed by letting him know, “Accidents happen, and that’s okay.” You might even share a personal story of when you accidentally spilled a drink or made a mess.
  • KEEP THE NIGHTTIME DIAPER. Let your toddler experience daytime success before you tackle the nighttime. Trying to take on too much too fast will only discourage you and your child. Even if you know someone whose fifteen-month-old stays dry all night--it’s okay if you move at a different pace.


  1. For potty training suggestions based on your toddler’s personality: CLICK HERE.
  2. For the "I Can Do It Myself" phase: One and Two by Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy