Before you start, talk to friends, consult with your pediatrician, and read up on different potty training methods.
2. Learning the signs for Potty, Wet, Dirty, Help, and more
Learning the signs before you start potty training can help your child communicate their needs and may help you better understand when your child is ready to start.
3. Trust your instincts
You are the expert on your child. Go with what you think will work best for your child and for you.
a) Are you changing fewer diapers?
b) Are your child’s bowel movements becoming more regular?
c) Is your child noticing (and doesn’t like) dirty diapers?
d) Can your child communicate their needs?
Many preschools require children to be diaper free prior to enrollment. Start well before your deadline to build wiggle room into your timeline.
Set up your potty training schedule, but don’t worry too much if you can’t stick to it every day. Life happens.
Potty training is a process. Start by celebrating the little things, like sitting on the potty for a few seconds at a time.
If there’s a major interruption in your family’s schedule and your child needs the comfort of the old routine, it’s OK to hang up the undies for a while.