how to train baby potty

How young can you start potty training your baby?

The success of toilet training depends on physical, developmental and behavioral development, not age. Many children show signs of readiness for toilet training by 18 to 24 months of age. However, some children may not be ready for toilet training until age 3. There is no rush. If you start too early, it may take longer to train your child.

Is your child ready? Ask yourself.

Can the child walk to the toilet and sit on the toilet?

Can your child pull down his or her pants and then pull them up again?

Can your child stay dry for two hours without wetting his or her pants?

Can the child understand and follow basic instructions?

Can the child express when he or she needs to go to the toilet?

Does the child seem interested in toileting or wearing “big kid” underwear?

If your answer is mostly “yes,” your child is probably ready. If your answer is mostly “no,” you may want to wait, especially if your child is facing a major change, such as a move or the birth of a new sibling.

Get your child involved in choosing the potty.

If possible, go shopping for the potty chair or seat together with your child. It will make them feel more included and more excited about using a new potty.

Which Potty Chair or Seat is Best?

Choosing a potty chair or seat depends on what you think will work best for your family. We’re including our favorites in both categories to make narrowing down your choices even easier.

Potty Traning Seat

If your kiddo is going to use a potty seat, they’ll need a step stool not only to help them climb up onto the big toilet, but also to give their feet a firm place to plant as they do their potty business. But no need to buy a separate stool for this seat—a tiny step ladder is conveniently attached! The height is adjustable to fit just about any toilet (but not square-shaped toilet bowls), and the feet and step are safe and slip-proof. And the whole thing folds up when it’s not in use. If you are interested, you can click this link to check :

Potty Seat

Sleek and simple, the ZHXTOYS potty seat has a comfortable high seat back and a splash guard that works. It comes in a range of colors and is easy to clean. If you’re looking for a similar seat with an even smaller profile, check out the brand’s ZHXTOYS, which takes up even less space.

How to train baby potty?

Watch and learn. 

Because so much of toilet training your infant will rely on your ability to get him to the potty in time to use it, you’ll have to figure out what his special non-verbal cues are when he needs to empty his bladder or his bowels. Start paying very careful attention to how he behaves when he wets or soils his diaper. Does he wriggle or squirm? Screw up his little mouth and grimace or pout? Does he grunt or make other sounds? Does his face turn red? Also notice when he pees and poops (after a feeding? after a nap?) and write it down so that you can start to pick up on his pattern.

Take it to the toilet. 

After you’ve figured out his pattern and behaviors, you can start by taking him to a toilet or potty seat (or even a small bucket) whenever you see signs that he needs to go. Hold him securely on the seat (bare-bottomed, of course).

Give a signal. 

While he pees or poops, begin to make a noise that he can learn to associate with potty breaks, such as “ssssssssss.” Sound off whenever he’s in the act of peeing or pooping, or as soon as you anticipate he’s about to. That way he’ll begin to associate the sensation of needing to relieve himself with both the potty and your verbal signal. You can also teach your baby the sign language signal for bathroom — close your hand (with your palm facing away from you), put your thumb between your pointer and middle finger, and then shake your hand from side to side.


Now the trick is being consistent. If it helps, establish a schedule for potty breaks (based on the records you kept during the observation period), as well as watching for your baby’s signals. Building in as much predictability as possible will make it easier for you, and it will help your child fall into a daily rhythm as well.

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