First, know this: Your child is the one who will dictate when he or she is ready to potty train, so don't overthink the timing. But spotting the signs of readiness is how you can get your babe used to the idea of going diaper-free (eventually!) so there’s no fear or anxiety.
Here are some toilet training signs I noticed with my little one.
My son became really curious when watching me go to the bathroom. This was beyond the normal freaking out because I left the room; it was actually an interest about what I was doing in there. You may feel like your privacy is being violated, but since babies mimic their parents, it could help the process along to let them watch.
Non Verbal Communication.
My baby also told me when he was making in his diaper. Even when he wasn’t verbalizing yet, he tried to communicate that something diaper-related was happening. Your little one may touch her diaper area, make a "pssssss" sound for pee, or run off to a special spot (like behind the sofa) when making number 2, for example. Or, like my niece, she may even grab your hand and walk you over to her potty or the toilet to try sitting -- but it's usually after the deed has been done.
Despising Dirty Diapers.
My little guy soon became averse to the mess down under. He wanted to escape his soiled diaper ASAP. The fact that my baby hated his stinky diaper as much as I did was certainly a telltale sign!
Whether it was a DVD featuring a favorite character's potty trials, a book, or a cool potty of his own, my little guy was intrigued. He loved his potty toys. And, that's a great first step!
Keep up the encouragement, and before you know it, you'll have a potty-trained tot.
Dawn Papandrea is a freelance writer specializing in parenting, women's lifestyle, and personal finance. Her work has appeared in Family Circle, Parents, WomansDay.com, and more. She lives in Staten Island, NY with her husband, two fast-growing boys, and a living room full of toys.