When can I start potty training my child?
At what age are most kids ready for potty training?
Submitted by Parents.com Team

It varies widely. While 18 to 24 months is typical, some kids may not be ready until closer to 3 or even later. More important than age alone is when he shows signs -- emotionally and developmentally -- that he's ready. Some clues: His diaper stays dry for several hours; he knows "bathroom" words such as pee, poop, and wet (or whatever terms your family uses); he's interested in watching other family members use the toilet. If you've seen some of these behaviors, give it a go. If not, hold off for a few more weeks. Pressuring your child will only result in frustration -- for both of you. When he's ready to learn, he will. --Nancy Mattia

Copyright 2004. Updated 2009

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Community Answers (11)

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Submitted by samantha_amber87

Start off with the training as soon as your child learns to sit up on her own without any support. Ask someone to help you when you are about to teach your little one. For more go through this thread at http://goo.gl/4zOtk
Submitted by das_gayatri

I started setting my daughter on the potty when she was about 10 months old.. she wouldn't do anything but i would set her on the big potty because i don't like potty chairs. I have worked in to many daycares where children are afraid of the big potty because they never see or use one at home.. once my daughter started walking steadily i started potty training her. she was 15 months old when she started walking and by 18-20 months was mostly potty trained and by 2 yrs was completely potty trained
Submitted by ginniesmom0508

I started taking my son into the bathroom with me everytime I had to go when he was 14 months...at first he was interested to know what the flushing sound was...a month later he was sitting like I was sitting...I think this month I'll buy him a potty chair so he'll have some where to sit! He's almost 16 months...I think I'll wait til he's 17-18 months to really start focusing on training him. I potty trained my daughter at 15 months with no problem...used regular underwear, thought that the training pants would confuse her, they feel like diapers...
Submitted by chicagomaria

I started my son last month when he was 16 mos, however I don't focus on it. We put him on the potty every morning and goes but then he goes to daycare with a diaper on, although this may seem like its disrupting the process but I don't think so. For instance he kept getting out of the tub last night and I kept putting him back until one final time I didn't and he peed on the floor bc the whole time he was trying to get to the potty. So he knows when he wants and has to go.
Submitted by mpstokes82

@stewartras: Every child is different. I have four boys; 11,9,6, and 19months.All of my children were potty trained by their second birthday except for my 9 year old. My 9 year old did not speak until he was 2 1/2 he would just point to things and grunt; but he fully understood what we said to him and was fully potty trained by 26 months(before he could speak in full sentences).Once he began talking we couldn't get him to stop!! He is my most talkative child to date-lol.
Submitted by rmorehead7

My 18 month old son is doing fantastic at potty training! We just keep a really close eye on him and when he starts 'telling" us he needs to go potty (pulling diaper,banging on bathroom door) we go pick out a book and put him on the potty seat. 9 out of 10 times he pottys pretty quickly. If your child has something to do with his/her hands maybe that has something to do with it. Hope that helps!
Submitted by kylesmommy2009

21 month old toddler doesn't say very many words, should I be concerned. He knows and understands what you are talking about- for instance-will go put stuff in garbage, etc. But when he wants something he will just said ughhhhhhhh.
Submitted by stewartras

around 24 months
Submitted by evaparents

16-24 months
Submitted by tmccully1