Earlier this summer we went to visit my parents, and they have a pool in their backyard. I told Annie that there was one rule for the pool – you can’t pee in it. I was being funny, but she actually understood me and followed my directions. Every once in a while, she would say “out, out” and I would put her on the edge of the pool. She would then bend over and begin to pee – you could see it run out of her swim diaper. It was the funniest thing.
So I just got back from a week’s vacation at the beach with my entire family, and during this visit, Annie continued to get out and pee on the side of the pool. My entire family was in hysterics and my oldest sister, who has four kids announced to me that Annie is definitely ready to be potty trained. I have always looked to my sister for parenting advice since she has been through almost everything, and most things four times. And I shouldn’t be surprised that Annie is ready since she is 23 months – but I think it just snuck up on me. I remember Zoe being interested in the potty at the same time, but I didn’t encourage it which put the training off six more months.
So now that I am back from vacation, and I thought I would do some research to confirm my sister’s recommendation. I looked online at babycenter.com and webmd.com to refamilarize myself with the signs for potty readiness, they provided the following considerations.
Just because your toddler can stay dry during a nap doesn’t mean he or she is ready to use the potty on a regular basis. They have to show signs of being interested and be able to follow simple instructions.
Other signs include:
Being able to walk steadily.
Has dry periods, but also urinates a lot at one time.
Can pull his or her pants up and down.
Is interested in the potty itself and watching others go potty.
Asks to get their dirty diaper changed.
Will tell you when he or she is going potty or display visual signs such as squatting.
Has words for urine and stool.
I also read that in 1940’s the average age for potty training was 18 months and now it is 30 to 36, so I definitely don’t feel the need to rush it. Based on this information, Annie is ready, I just need to make sure that I am. But the idea of not having to spend money on diapers anymore is very motivating.
Jen P. wrote a previous article on potty training her twins that offers a lot of great advice. I plan to keep you posted on my efforts and please share with us any tips or signs that you may have regarding your experience with the right time to start.