About a week ago, as we were getting Little Oats ready for the bath, she declared “I go pee!” Since she was diaperless, I put her on the toilet to see what would happen. Sure enough, she peed…and cheered herself on when she was done. I was surprised, but sure that it was just a fluke; after all, she was standing *right* beside the toilet.
The next morning, we were headed out the door for daycare, and she announced again “I go pee!” She ran into the bathroom, tugged at her pants, and asked me for help. I took her diaper off, sat her on the toilet, and again, she peed and cheered. This has happened randomly and spontaneously at different times throughout the last few days, and every time, Little Oats is thrilled with herself. She will occasionally go if we ask her, but it’s usually her own doing. So, despite the fact that we hadn’t planned to potty train for another several months (she’s 22 months), I started reading, researching and planning out our potty training approach.
Signs of Potty Training ‘Readiness’
- walks and runs steadily
- urinates a fair amount at once (as opposed to a little bit several times a day)
- has regular bowel movements at somewhat predictable times
- has ‘dry’ periods during naps, at night, or for at least 2 hours (showing bladder control)
- can pull pants up and down
- seems to dislike the feeling of a dirty or wet diaper
- shows interest in others’ bathroom habits
- can give a verbal or physical sign of bowel movements
- takes pride in accomplishments
- isn’t hesitant or resistant to using the toilet
- is in a generally cooperative stage
- understands the feelings of ‘having to go’ and can tell you before it happens
- can follow simple instructions