“How to Potty Train” Part 1: Potty-Training Readiness

Hello Moms!

Welcome! This is the first in a series on “How to Potty Train”, which is such a big issue for parents of toddlers!  I’ve done it four times (one more to go!) and believe me, I’ve had my ups and down.  Now, I’ve decided to put together everything I’ve learned into a series of videos which I hope will be helpful for moms new to potty training. We’ll all get through it together!

How did you know your child was ready for the potty? Comment below!

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Signs Your Child is Ready to Potty Train

Here are some tell-tale signs (according to the AAP) that your toddler is ready to ditch the diapers and embark on potty training:

      • Diaper stays dry for at least two hours during the day or is dry after naps
      • Child’s poops become more or less regular and predictable
      • Child signals pushing
      • Child can walk and can help dress/undress herself
      • Child shows interest in the potty and big kid undies!

Watch my vlog for more potty training tips for parents who are trying to figure out whether their child is ready to potty train! And check out my next installments in the “How To Potty Train” series!

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  • Laura C.

    Well…my oldest will be 2 next week and we haven’t started potty training yet but his daycare will be working on this with him soon so I know we have to keep it up at home as well. He doesn’t really show any signs of “readiness” other than telling us when he’s gone poopy and pulling on his diaper when it’s wet. I have noticed that his diaper is less full in the morning and after nap though…

    ANY tips you can provide would be much appreciated! Thanks!!

  • Jen

    That was really helpful. We haven’t started potty training yet, but we’re about to! Thanks for the tips!

  • Laura

    We are not yet potty training, but this information is very helpful in preparing us for the future! Thank you!

  • Jonelle bush

    I think My child is ready because he is doing everything early and so eager to try new things

    • Thanks so much to everyone who commented on this Potty Training vlog, we have chosen our winner! Really appreciate your commenting on CloudMom!! xo Melissa

  • Aura

    We leave a small potty in the bathroom and always offer my little guy to use the potty before he goes into the bath. Now that he asks us to use the potty at other time, we know he’s ready to be trained.

  • Roar

    What we did for our first three kids (and have started with the yosngeut) is that potty time’ became a routine part of the day. Get up in the morning: sit on the potty. Before lunch: sit on the potty. A bit after lunch/before nap: potty time. That kind of thing. Very matter-of-fact. Not overly enthusiastic and very calm. Sometimes they went (especially in the morning) and sometimes not but that was ok. We never used those little potties, we bought the seat that fits on the real toilet and a step stool for their feet (and to get on the toilet, of course). With our first kiddo, we had a sticker chart where every time he went in the toilet, he got a sticker and after 3 (and then 5, and then 7) stickers in a row, he got a small prize. My other two weren’t motivated by such means, lol. They just did it and some initial clapping and good job (and new underpants!) worked. My yosngeut, so far, is utterly unimpressed by the whole process, though we just started it this past week, lol. Good luck! I’ve found that after age three, there comes a point where it just clicks’. Hopefully that will come before the school deadline!

    • HI — great methods, I found that 3 was the real turning point too — with Marielle, I will probably try next summer b/c I have found that the girls can go a little earlier — Happy Holidays!