Signs that Your Child Is Ready for Potty Training

By Diane Stafford, Jennifer Shoquist

Part of Potty Training For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Having a potty-trained toddler is a day every parent longs for, but you can’t rush the process. Wait for signs that your child is ready to tackle this big challenge. Watch for the signs in the following list; the first five are absolutely essential:

  • Stays dry at least two hours

  • Gets bummed by wet or messy diapers

  • Likes to please

  • Imitates and follows simple instructions

  • Walks and runs

  • Asks you for diaper changes

  • Tries to dress herself

  • Likes things in proper places

  • Knows potty lingo:

    Wet Messy or Dirty
    Dry Clean
    Pee Bottom
    Poop or BM