June is Potty Training Awareness Month, and we’ve got some tips for you! You may be ready to say goodbye to diapers, but your little one might not be there yet. Or they may be begging for big kid undies while you’re worried about accidents and thinking it’s way too early to potty train. What’s the right answer? We’re outlining these five signs that your child is ready to potty train so you can make the right choice for your family to get started today or wait it out a while longer.
Sign #1: Pulling at a Dirty Diaper
If your child fusses and pulls at their soiled diaper, it shows awareness around their bodily functions. They can tell that their diaper is soiled and want to get cleaned up immediately! This is a great time to get started with communication about the potty, since you can take advantage of the fact that your little one wants to stay clean.
Sign #2: Telling You About a Dirty Diaper
This is an even bigger sign, since your child can use their words to communicate. Your child might tell you right before or after they go, and sometimes you can even make it to the potty before it happens!
Sign #3: Using Appropriate Potty-Related Words
If your child can communicate their need to use the potty (whether you use “pee-pee” or “number one” or “urinate”), you’re well on your way to being ready. This shows that they understand what’s going on and they’ll start to connect their “potty words” to their body cues that they need to go, pronto.
Sign #4: Staying Dry
If your child stays dry and doesn’t need a wet diaper change for over two hours at a stretch, you may be ready to potty train. This shows a better control of the bladder and an ability to “hold it” a little longer if needed. Another great sign is if your child wakes up dry from a nap!
Sign #5: Giving You an Audience
It’s no fun for mom or dad, but if your child wants to watch YOU use the potty, they may be ready to mimic and copy your behavior and get used to using the toilet themselves. We can’t promise when you’ll get your privacy back, parents - sorry!
Whichever method of potty training you use, you should know that some kids get it right away and some kids take a while to fully master the potty. It’s completely normal for a child to be potty trained for “number one” but not “number two” - or vice versa - for as long as several months. Also, your child may be completely potty trained during the day but still needs a diaper for night time. These are all variations of normal, so don’t panic! Stay patient and keep your chin up, potty training doesn’t last forever.
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