When your child reaches a certain age, it’s time to ditch the dirty diapers and start potty training. That being said, potty training isn’t something you can start as soon as your child is old enough; there are certain signs that you need to look for to ensure that your child is mentally and physically ready to start the process. At Valley Child Care and Learning Centers, we understand that potty training can be difficult for some parents, which is why our teachers have the skills and expertise to give you the advice and assistance that you need. When you enroll in our early childhood education program, we will work with you to maintain your potty training practices while your child is away from home. In today’s post, we discuss a few signs that you should look for that will tell you if your child is ready for potty training. Continue reading to learn more, and if you have any questions, contact Valley Child Care and Learning Centers today!
Your Child Dislikes Having a Dirty Diaper
When your child is really little, they don’t mind sitting in a dirty diaper. However, as they get older, they may start to notice that their diaper is wet and uncomfortable, and it may make them upset. Suddenly, your child doesn’t want to sit around in a dirty diaper, and that’s a great sign! If your child starts pulling at their diaper or acting upset when their diaper is dirty, it may be time to start potty training.
Their Diapers Stay Dry Longer
Younger children tend to have to use the bathroom more frequently because they have no bladder control. For example, when your little one is still a baby, you may find yourself changing diapers every 20 minutes. That being said, as your child grows, they will learn bladder control, and you won’t have to change them as often. If your kiddo is able to keep their diaper dry for an hour or longer, or you notice that they are still dry after a nap, it’s a good sign that your child is ready for potty training.
They Express When They Need to Go to the Bathroom
At a certain age, children are not able to express that they need to use the bathroom, and as the parent, you either have to frequently check your child’s diaper or you have to give the diaper the sniff test. However, as your child gets older, they become more aware of their body and when they need to go to the bathroom. Eventually, your child may even become vocal that they need to use the bathroom or that they have peed or pooped in their diaper and need to be changed. If your child has become more vocal about their bathroom habits, potty training may be on the horizon.
Your Little One Can Undress Themselves
Learning how to take off and put on clothes is an excellent first step for potty training. Younger children will often take off all of their clothes when they use the bathroom, and it’s important that your little one learns how to dress and undress themselves. With that in mind, when your little one learns to undress themselves, there’s a good chance that you will find yourself with a naked toddler on many occasions. While you may not want your children running around pantless in public, at home you may find that no pants equal fewer or no accidents.
These are just a few signs that your child is ready to start potty training, and if you enroll your child in Valley Child Care and Learning Centers’ early childhood education program, you can rest assured knowing that your child is in good hands. Our teachers have years of experience and will work with you to ensure that we follow your potty training process, and we will always give you the assistance you need. Want to learn more? Contact one of our 10 locations in the Phoenix area and call to enroll in Valley Child Care and Learning Centers today!