There is no ideal age for starting potty training. Some kids learn it from the very first day since their mothers have the patience and drive to skip the diapers and train right away. Others become aware of their bodily functions at a certain stage and that is when it is time to start potty training!
How do you know if they know?
A good way to check this is to see if the child will pee during a shower. When this happens, you can talk about it and next time ask if they want to pee. If they start doing this during showers and baths you know that they know how to control this muscle.
If you are ready to take the mess ups, off with the diapers during day time! When the child feels the sensation of being wet it is easier to train. But there will be plenty of “Mommy, pee pee on the floor!”.
If you wait till the child is a bit older, closer to 3, the potty training can be faster. But this is not a rule. There are plenty of kids around 1 years old that can do this. You need to tune in to your child’s development and be sensitive to it.
You can always try!
Remember, it won’t hurt your child to pee on themselves because you decided to give it a try. If you handle the mess ups in a pleasant way, they will not get traumatized by it. If you want to check if your child is ready for potty training just try. It might be time; it might not be.
And if it isn’t you can be sure that soon that child will want to potty train, that is the natural way of every human being!