How To Tell When Boys Are Ready To Be Potty Trained
Your boy may be getting older and your wondering if he is ready to be potty trained yet. This is normal, since it can be hard to tell at times and you may be wondering if it is too soon to start even. Potty training is an exciting time in your life and of course your son's life too. He is growing up and this can be scary and fun too.
However, potty training boys can be difficult to know if you should start or not. It is understandable that you do not want to start too soon if your son is not ready yet. But, there are some clear signs to look for to know if your son is ready to start the potty training process though. If you see these signs, than you will know that your son is ready to start being potty trained.
There is no "right" age to start potty training, you should be looking for signs of readiness to determine your son's individual readiness. Remember that 18-24 months is a general guideline, and you should have your expectations be based on your child's readiness only.
Potty Training Signs of Readiness:
- He wants to come in the bathroom when others are using the bathroom. But he is not coming in just to be with you, but is asking questions about the bathroom. He may want to know what you are doing. Why you are doing it. He may ask about the toilet or what the toilet is for. These questions and others he may have for you.
- He is staying dry for longer periods of time. He is no longer soiling himself or peeing when he is sleeping. He is able to go for long periods of time without going in his diaper. This is especially important when he is taking naps and he is staying dry through the nap or even waking up in the morning and his diaper is dry as well.
- He has begun asking you to change him or telling you when he needs to be changed. He may even tell you when he is about to go too or even start to take his own diaper off to began the diaper changing process.
- He is very uncomfortable with having a peed or pooped diaper on. He wants to be changed immediately when he has soiled himself. He is no longer okay with waiting to be changed and wants it happen immediately.
If your son has begun doing these things than you want to began potty training him. He is interested now and it is best to start than, so that he does not lose interest or go back to being comfortable in a diaper.
This doesn't mean you have to put him on the toilet immediately, but you can begin talking to him about potty training, showing him potty books and videos and even use a potty doll to start showing him what is suppose to happen and what will happen when he uses the potty.
You may also want to start letting him pick out a potty chair to use, a potty chart and potty stickers also to get him prepared for the start date of potty training.