Good question, huh? We should thank our lucky stars that there are signs you can look for since every child is so different. The right time to start training is the moment your toddler realizes he is about to urinate or have a bowel movement.
On the average, your toddler will have a bowel movement once or twice a day. The movement will also occur around the same time every day. He knows he’s doing it if he looks down after urinating or having a bowel movement.
He may not realize he did if he doesn’t indicate to you that he did it. In this case, you may want to hold off on training until he’s older..
I believe if your child can show you that he has to use the bathroom then its potty time! Here are some other indications that your child may be ready.
He is ready if he peels off his own pants! You’re long, long, long overdue if your child says, “I have to go potty.” Let’s face it, if he can say it, he can do it!
My son use to have a crazy dance I called, “the potty dance.” He would hold his crouch and go in circles. It was kind of embarrassing in public, but that was his way to let me know that he had to go!
What sign is your child exhibiting? My kid at one point snatched the diapers off and declared, “I don’t want to wear. I want underwear!” I couldn’t imagine why he would mess in the baby underwear if he wanted them! He was long overdue!
Is your child overdue? He is if he is interested in how other people use the toilet. You may even notice that he remains dry during the day for hours. He may stay dry at night as well. I’ve heard of some kids having a bowel movement in the same area in the house all the time.
I think that’s so weird. But, hey, if it’s happening to you, he’s ready! These are all great signs that your kid is ready! Here are the signs in a nutshell.