At what age should I start potty training?

I wish this had a simple answer such at 20 months!  BUT the answer isn’t simple because each child is an individual.

How would you answer the question

"At what age should my child start walking?"

The answers to these questions are NOT based on one number or specific age. The answer here is an age range that is typical for most children.

So, the answer to the question:

At what age should I start potty training my child

There isn’t a specific age – but there is an "ideal" age range and for the potty training in one day method, it is between 20 and 30 months.

Now again – this is the "ideal" or average age range

This means that some kids will be ready before 20 months and others after 30 months, but MOST kids will be ready between 20 and 30 months of age.

So, you may be thinking – that is great, my child is 21 months – so that means my child is right age.

Yes, your child is in the right age range – but they best way to decide WHEN to potty train your child is not based on your child’s age, but rather your child’s readiness.

And so you ask -

"How do I know if my child is ready to be potty trained?"

Your child’s potty training readiness is based on child’s development in the following four areas:

  1. Physiological Development
  2. Motor Skills or Physical Readiness
  3. Cognitive and Verbal development
  4. Emotional Growth and Social Awareness

Our article named "How do I know if my child is ready to be potty trained?" describes each one of these developmental areas and then offers you questions to help you decide if  your child is indeed ready.

Positon your child and yourself for success! 

Your child’s age is not the best indicator of your child’s readiness for potty training.  Your child’s development determines his or her readiness for potty training.

Good Luck.

Narmin Parpia



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