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16-Month-Old Toddler: Your Little Potty Trainer (Almost!)
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September 11, 2023

16-Month-Old Toddler: Your Little Potty Trainer (Almost!)

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16-Month-Old Toddler: Your Little Potty Trainer (Almost!).
16-Month-Old Toddler: Your Little Potty Trainer (Almost!)

Your Little Potty Trainer (Almost!)

It’s not likely your little one is ready to graduate from diapers just yet: most children begin potty training between 18 months and 3 years (a huge range!). But in the interest of getting ahead, we thought it’d be a good time to share the early signs that your toddler is physically and emotionally ready, so you know what to watch for:

  • Stays dry for periods of two hours or more
  • Is able to pull their pants up and down
  • Can easily sit down on a potty chair and get up again
  • Can climb up a step stool to the big potty
  • Is able to follow basic directions
  • Is showing interest and curiosity in underwear or toilets
  • Is complaining about dirty diapers and finding them unpleasant
  • Lets you know when they need to go

As for what to do at Go Time, we’ve got a guide for that.

See Our Guide


Did You Know?

When it comes to learning how to pee or poop in the potty, a lot can go sideways (including regressions!). Bookmark these 6 solutions for common problems just in case.


Editors' Picks: Encouraging Books

From reassuring them that everyone poops to cheering them along, these 9 titles were written with curious toddlers in mind.

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Editors' Picks: Tiny Thrones

Learn the difference between a free-standing potty chair and a kid-size seat that fits into your standard toilet—and see our favorites.

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This Month: Prepare the Bathroom

Ideas for encouraging independence on and around the toilet.

See Montessori-Inspired Ideas


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Parenting Toolkit: Potty Talk

Try this: Dr. Becky, the parent whisperer behind Good Inside, explains how talking about poop impacts kids’ bathroom behavior.

Hear the Podcast


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