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It’s Potty Time! Potty Training Readiness Cues

by Regan

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It's Potty Time! {Potty Training Event}Now that K-Dub is three I decided that it was time to get the potty ball rolling. I love my cloth diapers and will be sad when they’re no longer a part of our lives but we can’t stay in diapers forever.

As a general rule I am pretty chill about these kinds of things. I know that he won’t go to Kindergarten in diapers and that eventually it will come. I am taking a very relaxed approach as I did with my first son, who potty trained around his third birthday. K is a little more defiant than his older brother so I don’t think it will happen as fast, but we’ll get there.

How do you know when your child is ready for the potty? I have found some great tips that will help you decide when it’s right for you to start trying.

Is your child staying dry for a few hours at a time?

When a child can stay dry for a few hours at a time or starts waking from naps dry, it may be time to introduce them to the idea of using the potty.

Are your child’s bowel movements regular?

If you can more or less predict what time your child may have a bowel movement then you may be able to time it for him to have it on the potty.

Does your child tell the world that they just went poopy?

Yup. You might want to try the potty. (why do I feel like I sound like Jeff Foxworthy?)

Does your child dislike being wet/dirty or recognize when they’re soiling their diaper?

You guessed it. It may be potty time.

Can your child remove their diapers and/or undress themselves?

Then they shouldn’t have any problems with pulling their pants down to use the toilet.

Is your toddler showing interest in watching you or your spouse use the toilet?

I know, I know. As a mom it’s hard to find a moment to use the loo in peace since your child always seems to want to join in on the party. But if they are showing an active interest in what you’re doing instead of just wanting to be with you, they might be interested in using the potty themselves, too.

At this time K will tell me after he poops, but not always right away. He wakes up dry from naps once in a while. He is very interested in the toilet itself and flushing it; he also sometimes watches my husband “go pee pee potty”, and his bowel movements are pretty regular. While I don’t think he’s completely ready, I’m hoping that he will decide that he wants to use his new potty and “diaper pants” and get this show on the road! I look forward to you guys joining me.

Are you getting ready to potty train in the near future? Are you currently potty training and have some pearls of wisdom to share?

Toilet image courtesy of Grant Cochrane at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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4 comments

Savannah November 10, 2013 - 4:54 pm

I’m potty training my 2.5 year old DD. We get more pee on the floor then in the potty most days. Lol I’m trying to encourage her to use the potty more by giving stickers as an reward.

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Delacey November 9, 2013 - 9:25 pm

In the middle of PL with our 2 1/2 year old spirited son. He’s been really good with the poops last 4 or 5 days, mostly good with the pees but struggles will out. I also have an almost 4 month old so my biggest challenge is reminding him regularly to go. We are using candy as a reward as stickers were no longer motivating. My advice is to have him choose his potty, or at least see him sit on it. My son likes to straddle the potty so we had to buy a new one as our first one was to wide for him.

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