The exact age that a child should be potty trained is…
There isn’t one!
Generally speaking, healthy children aren’t physically and emotionally ready to start using a potty until they are between 18 months and 3 years old.
In America and most of Western Europe, the age of potty training is all over the board. Some train at 18 months and some don’t get there until 4. With that said, training earlier will save money on diapers and wipes, will make parents lives easier, and is much kinder to the environment. Three things that will make parents think, let’s start potty training now!
However, some parents are waiting longer to potty train. Why you ask?
- Disposal diapers – There isn’t much motivation to do more laundry
- “Wait till they’re ready” - Most parents are under the impression that “ready” means the child will completely self train one glorious moment. Let’s just say, that’s rare.
- Power of social media – The internet is a big factor. One rare potty training horror story can easily be spread, striking fear in thousands of parents.
Needless to say, parents have to decide what the best age and approach is for their child. It can have much more to do with parents and their partner’s readiness than one would think.
Allow your instinct to guide you, because after all, who knows your child better than you?