7 Days to Potty Train Your Kid! How to Get Your Child Out of Diapers -- For Good

Teaching your child to use the potty is as much a milestone for your kid as it is for you. We worked with the experts to develop a weeklong plan to help you get the job done (13 Photos)

Holly Pevzner on Oct 11, 2012 at 6:23PM

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Recognize Readiness

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a Holly Pevzner on Sep 4, 2012 at 8:34PM

There's no one right age to start potty training: While some kids start showing signs of readiness between 18 and 24 months, some aren't ready until 30 months or older, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Before 18 months, kids don't have the cognitive, emotional and physiological skills to begin the whole pooping-in-the-potty process.

Some key signs: Your child shows curiosity about the bathroom or wants to see what you're doing in there; he can remain dry for a few hours; poops are consistent (talk to your doctor if you think your child might be constipated); you can tell when your tot needs to poop and your child is bothered by diapers or by being wet or poopy. 

Keep in mind, however, that readiness may be hard to read. Your child may show several signs, but when you try potty training, he's miserable. If that's the case, stop and try again in a few weeks.  Potty training should be a positive experience -- don't rush your child if he isn't ready. 

Is your child ready for potty training? Here are 14 ways to tell.

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