The Right Potty Training Age

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Wondering what the right potty training age is for your toddler? Learn about the average age for girls and boys to potty train, how long toilet training may last, and find tips for knowing when the right time is to toilet train your toddler!

Average Potty Training Age For Boys and Girls

Ever hear the saying that girls potty train faster than boys? This is generally true. The average age for girls to be potty trained is at 29 months and the average age for boys to be trained is at 31 months. But from these averages, you can see that boys and girls are often ready to train at roughly the same age, 2 1/2 years old. (These averages came from the University of Michigan’s “Your Child Development and Behavior Resources”).

Most toddlers show signs they are ready to start potty training between the ages of 18 months to 30 months. Even when toddlers are physically ready to toilet train, many simply are not mentally or emotionally prepared to toilet  train until they are a little older, sometimes waiting until the age of 3 1/2 or 4 years old to potty train.

Some parents wonder if there is something wrong with their parenting skills or their toddler if he/she toilet trains later than other children. Rest assured, many children potty train later than the average age for their gender. Toddlers will potty train at an age that is right for them!

How Long Does the Potty Training Process Last?

It can often take toddlers 3-6 months to become fully toilet trained during the day. Toddler bed wetting is still very common at this age, even after a child is accident-free during the day.

Tips For Knowing When to Begin Potty Training:

Attempting to toilet train your toddler too soon can set your child up for failure and cause frustration. So how do you know what the right potty training age is for your child? You look for these signs of readiness:

  • Does your toddler notice when s/he wets or soils a diaper?
  • Does your toddler dislike being in a dirty diaper?
  • Can your child go for an extended period (around 2 hrs, or during a nap) without urinating? This is a sign that your toddler has some bladder control.
  • Does your child show an interest in the toilet or potty chair?
  • Can your child express through words or actions when s/he needs to go pee or poo?
  • Is your child in a cooperative phase?

Once your toddler is showing these signs of readiness, you know you can begin potty training your child!

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