What age to start potty training

It can be challenging to know when your child is ready to make the change from nappies and nappy pants to Big Kid underwear and to know what ready means for you personally, so Huggies® Pull-Ups® are here to help.

When to start potty training

We understand that knowing when to start potty training can be one of the most confusing steps for parents – but it needn’t be. We all know every child is unique in their own way, and this is especially true when it comes to potty training. There’s no right or wrong ‘potty training age’, although there are signs to look out for that can indicate when a child might be ready to begin.

Average potty training age

Typically, parents start to potty train around the ages of two-three years with the average potty trained age being 27 months.

It’s important to remember that the potty training process shouldn’t start until both you and your little one are ready to tackle this milestone. Starting a potty training routine too early can cause more anxiety towards potty training – for both adult and child! If you’re unsure if you’re rushing into establishing a potty training routine, read our article on the issues with starting potty training too early.

Signs you’re ready to potty train

Not sure if you’re ready to take the plunge? Here are some common signs that might indicate you’re ready to start your potty training journey:

  • Does your child stay dry for two hours?
  • Does your child ask to be changed?
  • Does your child ask to use the potty?
  • Are your child’s poos regular?
  • Does your child ask to wear underwear?
  • Does your child follow simple instructions?
  • Does your child let you know when they need to go?
  • Can your child pull their pants up and down?

You might also find our typical signs of readiness useful.

Potty training tips

There is no quick fix to becoming potty trained. However tips, tricks and knowledge from those who know definitely helps. Whether it’s real life stories from parents or advice from our potty training experts, we’re here to help.