Six Signs Your Child Is Ready for Potty Training

mom and her toddler son playing

by Dr. Heather Wittenberg

When should you start potty training? There is no set “right time” to potty train your son or daughter. It varies for every family and every child. But once you observe some potty training readiness behaviors, you’ll know it’s time to move forward with your family’s potty training adventure. The truth is that no two kids train alike. The secret to success in potty training is to tune into your child’s unique learning style.


Whether the start of potty training comes earlier or later for your child, you’ll get your cues on “when it’s time” from your child. That emerging independence starts shining through and they’re eager to please. Now is the time to start actively watching for these signs of readiness for potty training.

Common readiness signs include:

  1. Pulling at a wet or dirty diaper
  2. Hiding to pee or poop
  3. Interest in others’ use of the potty, or copying their behavior
  4. Having a dry diaper for a longer-than-usual time
  5. Awakening dry from a nap
  6. Telling you that they’re about to go, are going or have just gone in their diaper.

If you're still not sure if you are ready, take our Potty Training Readiness Quiz. If you and your little one are ready to get started, head over to the Pull-Ups® Potty Partnership, a whole new way to potty train together, based on your child's personality.

Want more potty-training tips and ideas for Tackling Toddlerhood Together? We've got them here.

 readiness infographic

readiness infographic

readiness infographic

Dr. Heather Wittenberg is a licensed psychologist with a PsyD degree whose specialty is in the development of babies, toddlers, preschoolers and parents. Dr. Heather uses social media to help the public understand the complex, but important, world of child development. She is a writer and producer at BabyShrink, and her company, BabyShrink LLC, also consults with universities and corporations to reach families with young children via social and traditional media. She lives in Hawaii with her husband and four young children.

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