When should my child start potty training?

Learning to use the toilet is an important milestone. Most children start working on this skill between 18 months and 3 years of age. The average age of potty training falls somewhere around 27 months.

The timeline for your child will depend on their:

  • signs of readiness
  • developmental skills
  • focus on the task

Generally, experts explain that children younger than a year up to 18 months old don’t have control over their bladder and bowels. Training before this time may not yield the best results.

Read on to learn more about potty training, including differences in training boys versus girls, signs of readiness, and tips for successful potty training.

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