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Six signs your child is ready for the potty

You remember the other night when you sat down to enjoy your favorite week night show. Then all of a sudden, in the middle of the first punch line your nose was invaded by a festering and foul aroma. You jumped to your feet in disgust searching everywhere for this stench. You checked your floor, under the couch and even checked your breath but nothing. You turn the corner and see the cutest and most amazing little person hiding behind the couch. You then notice a full, droopy and rotten smelling diaper, dangling between their legs. Eww! Is that you stinky? Why are you hiding? Poo-poo they responded.

Today, parent educator Tameka Baker-Grimes shares with the tell-tell signs that your little one is ready to be potty trained.

Potty training or toilet learning, however you may choose to say it, should happen when your little boy or girl is ready. Contrary to what you may have heard from friends and relatives there is truly no magic age to begin or complete potty training. Your baby will gradually show you signs that they are ready to begin the process. Here are six signs that convey they are ready for this huge transition:

  1. Hiding to go pee and poo

  2. Telling you they have gone before, after or while they are going

  3. Showing and expressing discomfort when soiled

  4. Waking up from nap or bed dry

  5. Staying dry longer than usual

  6. Showing interest in the potty and imitating you going potty

Side note: Parents please keep in mind that you may not see all the signs all at once. Also be advised that just because you see one sign, doesn’t mean they are ready. Complicated I know, but they will let you know when the time is right.

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