Starting potty training too early

Don't feel pressured to potty train a two year old or a three year old if they aren't showing signs of typical readiness. On average, boys will be potty trained several months after girls but in general, every child shows signs of readiness at different times. If your four year old is not potty training, or you find your four year old won't potty train and you have concerns, always seek medical advice from your local GP. In 42% of cases, parents have admitted to taking a break from potty training, so it's ok to take a break or wait until they're completely ready in yours and their view.

Early potty training

Although most children won’t start potty training until the ages of two and three, some children show signs of potty training readiness as early as 18 months. It’s particularly common to find when potty training girls, they show signs of readiness quicker than boys meaning a shorter potty training process.

As a parent, It can often feel like the quicker you get your child out of nappies, the better. However, it’s important to remember that you should only start introducing a potty training routine if both you and your child are ready.

Potty training too early

Many children will be excited about the process of becoming a big kid by potty training at first. This enthusiasm is an important part of potty training, but after a while, it may become apparent that they might not be ready.

There’s no right or wrong way to potty train and every family will have different experiences and situations. It’s always worth trialling potty training if your child is showing signs of readiness, however, don’t be discouraged if you are finding that your child isn’t adapting to the new routine straight away.

Starting a potty training routine too early may result in a knock of confidence or added stress for your little one, so it’s important to not put too much pressure on potty training if your child is still quite young.

Not sure when to start potty training? Find out if your child is ready to take the plunge by looking at our article on signs of potty training readiness.