(HealthDay News) -- There are many factors to think about when it's time to consider toilet training a child.
The University of Michigan Health System says your child should:
- Seek independence, praise and pleasing you.
- Mimic what older children and adults do, particularly when it comes to bathroom habits.
- Have the communication skills and motor skills required to pull pants up and down and get to the potty.
- Be able to go long stretches with a dry diaper, and have bowel movements on a regular schedule.
- Be able to show you (by language, facial expressions, etc.) that he or she needs to use the toilet.