How soon is too soon for potty training?

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How soon is too soon for potty training?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, most children don’t reach physical readiness for potty training until around 18 months, and may not start to show signs of emotional readiness until a while after that. These physical signs of readiness include the bladder control and the maturity of the digestive system that will let children ‘hold it’ for long enough to register that they need to go.

Most children, according to the AAP, are ready to start to try potty training around 18 to 24 months. Other groups, including the Mayo Clinic and the University of Michigan Health System, suggest that most children aren’t ready to start the potty-training process until at least 2 years old. In any case, the guidelines are less important than your baby’s personal development, and there are a few signs that she might be ready to give the potty a try.

Signs of readiness

...she might be ready for potty training!

Parental readiness

You may feel you’ve been ready for your baby to be potty trained since the first dirty diaper, but being ready doesn’t just mean being ready for your baby to have mastered potty training. It also means being ready for the days, weeks, and even months of your baby working to learn how. Like every new skill your baby masters, there are going to be times when she messes up. It can be helpful for everybody involved if you choose a time to start this potty training journey when you have a lot of time and energy to devote to it, but with a little patience, your baby will be using the potty on her own before you know it.


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