As much as you're looking forward to being through with dirty diapers, you can't rush toilet training. Until children are about two or three years old, they don't have the necessary physical control along with the ability to tell you they need to use the toilet.
Typically, the following signs show your child may be ready for toilet training:
- she begins to dislike being in a soiled diaper, or
- she is able to stay dry for a couple of hours between diaper changes.
But even then, if your child won't use the toilet or is worried, frightened or upset about it, wait and try later.
To begin toilet training, choose a time with no stress for you and your child. Toilet training requires an easy-going parent and a relaxed child. Avoid times when your child is dealing with change - like a new baby in the family or starting daycare.