Summary Of Toilet Training Readiness Signals

By: Narmin Parpia

  1. Physiological readiness signals for potty training are (Bladder & Bowel Control):

    • Childs awareness of the need to go - demonstrated by squatting, grunting, hiding when child feels need to eliminate.

    • No BM's through the night

    • Dry diaper for long periods of time i.e. from long naps and/or in the morning.

    • Urinate a lot at one time (vs. a little through out the day)

    • Some regularity of bowel movements.

  2. Motor Skills readiness signals for potty training are:

    • Is your child able to undress him/herself?

    • Is your child able to pull his/her underpants down?

    • Is your child able to pull his/her pants down?

  3. Verbal and Cognitive readiness signals for potty training are:

    • Your child can follow instructions - from simple instruction such as show me your nose, to more complex instructions such as putting away toys where they belong.

    • Has the vocabulary required to follow your instructions - i.e. understands words such as potty, toilet, wet, dry, underwear, "big girl" etc.

    • Is able to imitate behavior.

  4. Emotional growth and social awareness readiness signals for potty training are:

    • Desire to master one's own body and environment - manifested by "I can do it" or "I am a big boy/girl now"

    • Child's desire for parental approval

    • Child's desire to imitate and desire to be like others

Narmin Parpia, inventor of the Potty Scotty® and Potty Patty® potty training dolls and Potty Training in One Day: The Complete System for Girls and for Boys.  Narmin has been dispensing products, information and advice online at  Narmin's products have been featured on the Today Show, in Time Magazine, The Plain Dealer and on Mr Dad - Armin Brott talk show.

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