How to Know if your Toddler is Ready for Potty Training - My Carry Potty®

How to Know if your Toddler is Ready for Potty Training

Posted by Olli Smith

The path to potty training can be filled with tiny triumphs and, inevitably, a few spills along the way. But fear not, you can do this! With a sprinkle of patience and the right approach, transitioning from nappies to the potty can be made smoother for both you and your little one.

Is Your Toddler Ready for Potty Training?

There isn't a one-size-fits-all answer to when to start potty training, as each child is unique. While some are ready to bid farewell to nappies as early as two years old, others may take a little more time. It's common to begin exploring potty training when your child is around two and a half, though it's essential to watch for readiness rather than adhere strictly to age. Boys might take to potty training a bit later than girls, and that's perfectly okay.

The key is to wait for signs that your child is ready to embark on this new adventure. Looking out for signs of readiness of potty training is the best way to know you’re starting at the right time.

Recognising the Signs of Readiness

To gauge whether your little explorer is ready to start potty training, look out for these common indicators:
  • Expresses discomfort with wet or dirty nappies.
  • Shows interest in bathroom behaviours.
  • Demonstrates a desire for independence.
  • Can pull up their trousers or potty training pants.
  • Can remain dry for at least an hour or during naps.
  • Seeks privacy when needing to go, often hiding behind furniture.

Noticing several of these signs could mean your child is primed for potty training. Transitioning at the right time could mean fewer accidents, less likelihood of regression and a more positive experience overall.

Preparing for Potty Training Success

Preparation can significantly ease the potty training process. Here are a few steps you can take even before your child is fully ready:
  • Introduce the Potty: Our My Carry Potty, which is leakproof, portable, and designed with fun learning in mind, can be a fantastic introduction. Its friendly designs make it an exciting new tool rather than a daunting one.
  • Potty Training Pants: Consider our comfortable and easy to pull-up/pull-down potty training pants, designed to give your child confidence as they transition.
  • Education: Use resources like books, flashcards and videos to help engage your toddler in learning about potty training. We have a fun and colourful book for children here and a great book for adults too, both written by our in-house potty training expert, Amanda Jenner.
  • Demonstration: Use dolls to demonstrate potty use, and if you have an older child, peer learning can be incredibly effective.

Launching the Potty Training Mission

When your child shows readiness, start with short, stress-free sessions on the potty. The My Carry Potty is perfect for this, offering a familiar and friendly potty no matter where you are. Encourage sitting on the potty after meals or before bedtime to build routine.

Potty Training Tools and Techniques

  • Consistency and Routine: Make sitting on the potty part of the daily routine. You can also use our potty training pants for a seamless and more consistent transition from nappies with confidence.
  • Make it Fun: Use rewards, such as stickers on a chart and small treats, to celebrate successes. We have a brilliant potty training pack here, which contains a reward chart, stickers and other potty training essentials to reward, encourage and recognise their progress.
  • Hygiene Habits: Encourage washing hands after using the potty to build good hygiene practices for life.

When to Hold Off on Potty Training

Even if your child shows signs of readiness, certain life events might necessitate a pause, such as illness, family changes, home moves or travel. Trust your instincts and your child's cues.

Embarking on your Journey

Potty training is not just about leaving nappies behind; it's a significant step towards independence for your child. With the right preparation, tools like the My Carry Potty, and a positive attitude, this journey can be less daunting and more of an exciting adventure.

Remember, patience is key, and every child's timeline is unique. Here's to a successful and joyful transition!


Whatever you need, we've got plenty more potty training guides and advice here, plus a full range of potty training products here.

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