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The average child in the United States is toilet trained between ages 2 and 3. Many parents worry about this milestone, but experts reassure that a relaxed approach works best. Look for these signs then ask yourself if your child is ready:
- She remains dry for at least two hours at a time during the day or is dry after naps.
- Her bowel movements are regular and predictable.
- She shows that she needs to use the bathroom by her facial expression, posture, or words.
- She can follow simple verbal instructions.
- She can walk to and from the bathroom, undress, and dress again.
- She seems uncomfortable with soiled diapers and wants to be changed.
- She asks to use the toilet or potty chair.
- She wants to wear "grown-up underwear."
If she's giving you the signals that she's interested, remind her to use the potty whenever she has to go. Show her how the potty works and tell her what she needs to do.
Every child is different, and pressure only hampers the learning process. Children this age look for ways to assert their independence. Some toddlers may demonstrate their power by holding back bowel movements.