7 Signs Your Child is Ready for Potty Training

I don't know about you but after two

years of changing cloth diapers I was

ready to be done but the question is

when do you start potty training well in

this video I will share seven times that

it could be to some mom star very early

with a practice called elimination

communication I mean some of these

children don't ever even wear a diaper

and there's other moms that use age as

kind of their marker so they'll say okay

at 18 months I'm going to start or two

years or two and a half years or

whatever and then another set of moms

will actually have their older children

teach their younger the way of the potty

but based on my research and experience

I decided to let my child tell me when

he was ready and I just found that this

was the most gentle and easiest approach

for both baby and mama so how did I know

that my child was ready well here the

top seven signs one child takes pride in

accomplishments and like some

independence this is actually really

important because it's showing you that

the child is emotionally prepared to be

potty trained because it is kind of this

mark of independence I mean no longer

will you be caretaking for them in this

way by changing all their diapers I

think this is really important so some

signs of this would be if your child

says hey mom look at this look at this

or look what I did or I made this or I

can do it myself those are just little

signs that your child is starting to

break free and ready emotionally to be

potty trained now if your child isn't

showing this kind of sign you can't do

little things to help encourage

independence for example if you have a

family pet like we have a fish I started

letting Griffon feed the fish it was

only something that he would do and he

loved it or let's say you go to post

office and you've got some mail to drop

in the box you can have your child

offer them the mail and they could put

it in themselves and just see if they

start to like this feeling of doing

things by themselves to child will

occasionally have dry periods

now I remember Griffin would sometimes

wake up from his nap I'd go to change

his diaper and it would be try like wow

that's pretty crazy he took a two hour

nap or sometimes had been three or four

hours I'm like okay Griffin it's time to

get changed again I would go to change

him and his diaper was dry well this is

showing us up

biologically they are learning bladder

control and that their little bladders

are able to contain liquid for longer

and longer periods of time 3 your child

doesn't like wearing dirty diapers for

long periods at some point your child is

going to start getting really

uncomfortable with a poopy diaper or

really wet one and they'll come up and

tell you poopy diaper or I got PP or I'm

what or change my diaper and this is

good this is a sign that they're

understanding kind of the connection

between their bowels and their body and

they're kind of how they feel about it

you know Griffin frankly never had this

experience however once he was potty

trained when he would wear his little

underwear and he'd have a couple

accidents he hated the feeling of having

wetness there or poopy in there and this

is all really positive and good and for

a good I think it's because our kids get

so old at some point I don't care how

absorbent this diaper is it just can't

contain these big eliminations so this

is all good in a natural part of the

process for your child notices others

going potty now this is the classic

thing right every time you get a moment

to yourself and you go to the bathroom

you feel your child knock it on the door

they come in and they want to see what's

going on now first I think it's more

about just being you know with you and

kind of companionship but eventually

they'll start getting curious like what

are you doing in here and can I see and

can I flush it and oh that's a big one

or wow that's a tinkle sound or and this

is all good in fact I would show Griffin

like here you know and this is how mommy

why isn't it done then have him flush

and because you want to start opening

this dialog and just showing him how

this process works

Griffin even started noticing our

family's pet going potty so we'd be

walking Hershey and he would notice oh

my gosh her she's going peepee her she's

going poopy then sometimes he would

imitate him he would literally squat on

the grass and be like I'm going peepee

like Hershey again he's noticing how

this whole process works which is great

now if you don't have pets you could

probably find a video on YouTube of

something or even go to the zoo and show

them you know how that all works and

these are great guide posts for your

child as they're learning this process 5

the child sometimes says they're going

potty this is kind of a fun development

but randomly sometimes Griffin we'd be

walking to the park or something and he

would just stop freeze frame and just

stand there like Griffin what's going on

he'd say I'm going peepee

or other times you'd be playing with

those toys and you just look up and say

mom I just want PP so this is just a

sign again that they're understanding

like hey I just released I'm learning

how my body is functioning and how this

whole process of going to the bathroom

works 6 it becomes obvious when they go

number 2 now earlier Griffin would

always keep me guessing I mean I would

just have changed his diaper we go

downstairs start playing with something

all of a sudden I would smell something

I'm like you've got to be kidding me I

just changed home you know and he would

just drop them here and there in the

midst of playing and I never knew when

it was going to calm or anything like

that what a certain point your child

starts to get into a little rhythm and

some children even go at certain times

of the day and it becomes really obvious

when they are going they have to stop

and they kind of grunt sometimes and

they might turn a little bit red and it

just becomes this experience and it's

very obvious that they're going number

two and in fact as this progresses you

might even notice that your child wants

to be alone when they do number two so

they might go into a corner behind a

couch Griffin even started going into

the bathroom and shutting the door

that's what I knew it was time to start

potty training and number seven child

will try out potty before we even

started the conversation of potty

training I bought a couple and I just

put these little potties around the

house and Griffin would play with it he

sometimes would sit on it and then I

just started experimenting and taking

off his diaper letting them sit on it

and he never really went on it but he

wasn't afraid of it he wasn't resistant

and he started to understand like oh

this is my potty so if your child is

showing strong resistance or just acts

afraid of it or anything like that I

would hold off and wait a month or two

and try again reintroduce that potty and

see how they feel around it so where do

you go from here well if your child is

showing many of these signs then you're

ready for my next video which is how to

potty train your child there'll be a

link in the video description below I'll

also put links to some of my favorite

potty training books these are little

stories you can read with your child to

kind of get them thinking about it and

get them prepared for this process I'll

also put some of my favorite potties and

little songs and just some helpful tools

that will help you during this process