When Should a Child Be Potty Trained?

Identifying the Right Time for Toilet Training

by Coterie Team

There are several signs that your baby may be ready to be potty trained. If they can stay dry for hours at a time, recognize and communicate when they have a soiled diaper or need to go potty, sit on a toilet, follow simple directions, and pull their pants up and down, then they may be ready to embrace a potty training routine.

When they’re at this stage, it’s time for a convenient and quick transition to diaper or training pants, which are designed to make potty training easy. The Pant by Coterie is designed for active babies and can be changed two ways: pull up and down like underwear while standing or change lying down like a traditional diaper.

The Movement Stage

A good indication that your child may be ready for potty training is when they reach the movement stage, particularly the point when they can walk. This typically starts at around the 12-month mark (although this can totally vary as every child is different and develops at their own pace), and comes with changes in the behavior and comprehension of your child.

At this point, they should have a better sense of independence, being able to recognize their bodily cues and communicate them effectively. They should also be able to sit still when they do their business.

How to Potty Train Your Baby

When your baby and you are ready, here’s how to do it:

Introduce the Concept of Potty Training

First, help your child understand the concept of potty training. If possible, try to move to the bathroom every time you have to change them so that they can associate the place with doing their business.

Whenever you change their diaper, explain peeing and pooping to them; you can even use wet diapers as a visual aid. You can also use toys and read them books to better visualize the actions.

Place the Potty Strategically

Ideally, you’ll want to keep the potty in the bathroom. You might need to get multiple ones to put nearby or you can just move the potty to whichever bathroom is nearest where your kid is at the moment. Place some books or toys near the potty to help them sit still when they’re on it.

Know When They Go

Make a potty routine for your child. Encourage them to use the potty whenever they feel like they need to go; you can even try leaving their diaper off at their usual potty time for extra convenience.

Pay Attention to Clothing

When potty training, it’s important to put your baby in garments that will be easy to take off. Avoid tights and lots of zippers and buttons. Additionally, transition your baby into diaper pants so it’s easier for them to remove their bottoms themselves when the time comes.

Give Positive Reinforcement

Building confidence is a crucial part of potty training. A little praise for every time they succeed in going to the potty will encourage them to continue the behavior. If they slip up, don’t make too big of a deal out of it. Just clean it up and ask them to try again next time. That way, they don’t feel too anxious or worried about going potty.

Practice Nighttime Potty

Nighttime potty training is a bit trickier to do, and it usually starts later (at around two to three years old) than daytime potty training. You can begin this step when your child has already gotten the hang of using the potty during the day and if they can sleep through the night with a dry (or at least just slightly damp) diaper.

Let them use the potty right before they go to bed and place it in their room just in case they need to go in the middle of the night. Accidents are inevitable, so make sure to lay down a waterproof sheet on your kid’s mattress.

Potty Training with The Pant

When your child is ready to potty train, it’s time to put them in diaper pants. Coterie’s high-performing Pant is designed to be a gentler transition into potty training, offering two-in-one changes that let you pull it up and down like underwear or change it like a regular diaper. Get it for your baby today!

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