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Toilet Training

Read this section to find out more about toilet training.

When Should Your Child Start Potty Training?

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There is no one set time to start potty training. This depends on your child:

  • Some start when they are 18 months old.
  • Some start when they are 2, 3 or even 4 years old.

Your child's hearing loss does not mean that she will start later:

  • If your child can communicate and shows that she is ready, she will learn to use the potty at a usual age.
  • If your child is more than 4 years old, it is time to start training!

Is Your Child Ready To Use The Potty?
Most children show that they are ready for potty training between 18 months to three years of age. Look for signs like:

  • She does not want to wear a dirty diaper
  • She chooses a certain place to poop
  • She stays dry for two hours
  • She makes faces, noises, or moves in a funny way when she needs to go
  • She asks questions about the bathroom
  • She knows how to put her pants on and off
  • She wants to wear underwear
  • She wants to sit on the toilet
  • She wants to copy you in the bathroom or flush the toilet for you
  • She sits still on her own for a few minutes
  • She knows how to follow simple directions
  • She stays dry over night.

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