When Should I Potty Train My Child?

This is a question that can’t be answered with a number. Potty training is a matter of your child’s development in certain areas.

  • Bladder control: Bladder control is usually achieved by 24 months, but may occur sooner. If your child is going at regular times during the day and can hold their bladder overnight, this is an indication they have developed full control.
  • Motor skills: Is your child physically capable of removing their clothing?
  • Mental development: This is demonstrated by your child’s ability to follow simple instruction.
  • Social awareness: Children are strongly influenced by the actions of other children, so their desire to become fully potty trained may manifest from a social desire to "fit in."

To learn more about your child's development, visit your local library for additional references.

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