Parents play a key role in toilet training. Parents need to provide their child with direction, motivation, and reinforcement. They need to set aside time for and have patience with the toilet training process. Parents can encourage their child to be independent and allow their child to master each step at his or her own pace.
There is no right age to toilet train a child. Readiness to begin toilet training depends on the individual child. In general, starting before age 2 (24 months) is not recommended. The readiness skills and physical development your child needs occur between age 18 months and 2.5 years.
Your child will show cues that he or she is developmentally ready. Signs of readiness include the following:
Each child has his or her own style of behavior, which is called temperament. In planning your approach to toilet training, it is important to consider your child's...