“Signs of Potty Training Readiness”
Type in those five words in Google, and you’re sure to get about 105,000 hits in about as long as it takes you to hit the “enter” button on your keyboard.
The amount of information out there is actually overwhelming. There are articles, checklists, quizzes – all there to help you determine whether your toddler is ready to ditch the diapers. Luckily for you, I did all the legwork. After compiling the information contained in the top ten sites, I have a list of 7 potty training readiness signs. Each of these 7 signs have come up on at least eight of the ten sites I visited.
1. His bowel movements are well-formed and pretty regular.
2. She can stay dry for 2h periods (and may even be dry upon waking from her nap).
3. He is able to get undressed/dressed (or at least pull down/up his pants) with little to no help.
Partially – He can get his pants off if I pull them down past his bulky cloth diaper, the same goes with pulling back up.
4. She dislikes being in a wet or dirty diaper.
Nope – He could stay in his soiled diaper all day and he wouldn’t give a crap (pun intended).
5. He is interested in the washroom habits of family members and likes to come and watch.
Check – besides the fact that bathroom attendance is one of his favourite activities, he also likes to give a play-by-play of what’s going on.
6. She clearly shows she is having a bowel movement. This can be a verbal indication (“I’m going poopoo!”) or a non-verbal (hiding, squatting) one.
7. He can follow simple instructions.
Check – but he sometimes chooses not to.
So where does that leave us? He absolutely nails three of the signs. He completely flunks two. And the last two allow for an ambiguous interpretation.
Luckily for you, I’ve got a checklist of another 5 signs of readiness!
1. You’re tired of playing catch-the-streaking-toddler, avoid-the-pissed-off-toddler’s-kicks and try-not-to-become-deaf-from-your-toddler’s-Banshee-like-screams during every single diaper change.
2. You don’t have any carpet in your house & know how to use a Swiffer.
3. You’ve read numerous blog posts/articles on different potty training methods.
4. You’re not above the use of bribery and you have the mini-marshmallows to prove it.
5. You (and your significant other) have got at least a full week coming up to devote to potty training because of Christmas hollidays.
We’re starting on December 20th, by the way. Feel free to check out the “Potty Training Chronicles” page that should be coming up in the next few days to laugh with me (or at me), cry with me and send your own stories.