When to start potty training a girl
Studies show that children start showing signs of being ready for potty training at around 18 to 24 months. This age can be a good time to start.
Each child is different, though, so don’t worry if your little girl isn’t showing any signs yet. Potty training requires children to have developed several different skills in different areas, and some children take longer to collect all those skills than others.
The skills a child needs to begin potty training are:
- Neuromuscular — They need to be able to control their bowels and bladder (for at least two hours).
- Communication — They need to be able to tell you they need to go.
- Motor skills — They have to be able to pull their pants up and down by themselves.
- Temperament — They need to be motivated and willing to try potty training.
Some children develop one or more skills before the others, but potty training won’t be successful until they have a grasp on all four skills. You’ll know when it’s time to potty train your child by watching for these skills.
Let her watch you, or other children, use the toilet. Talk to her about potty training and make it interesting. Once she gets motivated and excited about it, she’ll be more prepared once the last skills are developed.