The Mamí Chronicles: Potty Training Your Toddler

Potty training has to be one of the most stressful tasks for both toddler and parent. If you’re new to this like I am then you know how difficult it can be to have your child transition from the comfort and security of a diaper to the potty. Though your friends and family may share with you what has worked for them know that there’s no single, guaranteed method for success in potty training. You’ve have to choose your strategy based on the kind of kid your child is, and the kind of parent you are, too. However, there’s nothing wrong with taking their advice until you find what works for both you and your little one.

I recently started to potty train my soon to be 3 year old because she exhibited all the signs that she was ready. Experts cite the following signs as indicators that your child may be ready for the potty:

  • Stays dry for at least two hours.

  • Is dry after a nap.

  • Is uncomfortable in soiled diapers.

  • Shows increased interest in the bathroom.

  • Asks to use the toilet or potty chair.

  • Has regular and predictable bowel movements.

  • Asks to wear Big Kid or “grown up” underwear.

  • Uses words or body language when he or she needs to go.

  • Follows simple verbal directions.

  • Walks to and from the bathroom, helps undress his/herself.

I knew that my daughter was ready when she was