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10 signs your toddler is ready for potty training {life}

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Potty training, otherwise known as the Diaper Genie Breakup, can be a stressful time.  It is a very important milestone yet every child arrives at readiness at different times.  How do you know when to start potty training?  Is it too early?  Are they ready?  I’m sharing 10 signs your child is ready for potty training today + my little cutie as he embarks upon his own journey.

10 signs your kid is ready for potty training #playtexessentials

With my first child, I didn’t stress much about potty training.  She showed signs of being ready very early and with just a bit of instruction and patience, she easily trained around 2.  Then, I had a boy.  He isn’t as advanced with his language skills as she was, so I have been hesitant to even start training.  How can I potty train Gabriel if he won’t say “poop”?

10 signs your child is ready for potty training #playtexessentials

At 2 1/2, he’s still in the normal range for training, I know.  No reason to panic, but he is showing lots of other signs for being ready.  How can you tell if your non-speaking child is ready to potty train?

10 signs your toddler is ready for potty training

  1. is uncomfortable in a dirty diaper (pulls at it and/or pulls it off completely)
  2. is dry after a nap (bonus points if dry after a full night)
  3. follows a regular bowel movement schedule
  4. stays dry for 2 hours at a time
  5. shows interest in the bathroom/potty (watches you go to the bathroom)
  6. follows basic directions
  7. helps to undress himself (can pull pants down)
  8. can sit down quietly in one place for 2-5 minutes
  9. takes pride in accomplishments/wants to be independent
  10. has words for “poop” or “pee”

These are all signs that your child may be ready to potty train.  They only need to show a few of them.  Gabriel has always had a predictable schedule and even holds his poop when we are outside of the house.  Since he was a baby, he will only poo while we are at home, preferably in a dry diaper. Lately he has begun to even hold his pee quite a bit during naps, so I think the holding power is there.  This seems like a key sign, so I feel pretty comfortable being to train.  Also, ready to stop buying so many diapers!

10 signs your toddler is ready for potty training #playtexessentials

Step one of potty training is introduction During this period of time, you are just getting your child comfortable with his potty, placing him on it, encouraging him to use it.  Gabriel will still be wearing diapers during this time and I think the visual of taking his diaper off, throwing it away in the Diaper Genie and then sitting on the potty is very important.  I know he doesn’t want to wear diapers anymore because he takes them off when they get too wet.  If he can see the diaper thrown away and then given an immediate potty option, I foresee success.  **wish I thought of this with my first!

10 signs your toddler is ready for potty training #PlaytexEssentials

…and this is why I put his potty directly next to his Diaper Genie.  It can be a powerful visual cue.

10 signs your child is ready for potty training #playtexessentials

Get your gear ready – I recommend two potties (extra one for the main living room or bedroom) and a step stool for washing hands.  Teaching good hygeine from the start is important.  I’m using the Joovy Loo potty chair and the Joovy StepTool step stool.

joovy loo potty

Of course a stack of reading material is also necessary.  I’ll be posting Gabriel’s favorite titles soon and also a DIY book storage tutorial soon (once I figure it out!) so stay tuned.

10 signs your toddler is ready for potty training #playtexessentials

Our Diaper Genie has been through two children and if I was planning a third, it would last past that one too.  It has to be one of the #1 baby registry items and every parent truly needs one.  It’s THE gift you want to bring to the baby shower as all parents will nod in agreement.  Changing a Diaper Genie is super simple with the Diaper Genie refill – just remember to keep extra on hand as you won’t want to run out.  I keep an extra in Gabriel’s skincare bucket.

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10 signs your toddler is ready to potty train #playtexessentials

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10 signs your toddler is ready for potty training #playtexessentials

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