The key to success is to start potty training only when your child is willing to do so. Trying to force the matter will simply mean that the process will take longer to complete.
While some parents boast that their babies are potty trained from just a few months old, every child will be different so don't think that you're involved in some kind of competition. In any case, toddlers only gain control over their bladders and bowels when they're between 18 months and two years old. Any success before this is generally coincidental.
Signs to help you spot when your child may be ready for potty training include:
- They have regular, soft, formed bowel movements.
- They go longer between movements, indicating some degree of control.
- They can pull their pants up and down independently.
- They imitate older siblings or parents – watching them use the toilet, wanting to wear underwear, etc.
- They can follow simple instructions.
- They can tell you before they have to go.
- They can walk and sit down.
- They desire greater independence in general.