5 Ways to Potty Train your 2-year-old

Potty train

The sooner the child gets potty trained, the better is for parents. A new parent might wonder when potty training should be started. Ideally, 18 to 28 months should be able to get potty trained. Ideally, if the child is dry for at least 2 hours a day then you consider the child for potty training, also, check for other signs such as the child cries, shows discomfort in the form of facial expression, language or posture when pamper is wet. Your child has to be prepared mentally before you start the training session.

  1. Introduce the Concept of Potty: Arrange for a potty chair and let the toy go to potty frequently while playing. This introduces the concept and the child will start thinking of it. Raise the topic “potty” again and again, read books related to potty so the child gets accustomed to the word and its meaning.
  2. Habituate it! Let the child pee in the washroom and remind the child to go to the washroom every 20 mins. This exercise is very important, for a child to get accustomed to going to the washroom for nature calls. Make sure your child visit the washroom after meals or after drinking milk or juice. The frequent reminders will set an alarm in the child and when the child has to pee, he will directly go to the bathroom. 
  3. Washroom: Make sure the passage to the washroom is free of obstacles and is well-lightened as the child needs to go there frequently on its own. Go to the washroom with the child; help her in removing clothes and sitting. The clothes should be easy to wear and remove. Ideally, the kids who are 3 years or older should be potty trained.
  4. Watch and Learn: It is a simple exercise, the child will be curious to learn new things. Let the child roam around without any clothes to realize he is peeing. This creates awareness about nature calls and follows parents to go to the washroom.
  5. Rewards: Reward your child every time she pees in the potty chair or the washroom. Choose rewards that are most fascinating to them and should impulse them to go to the washroom to get the reward.

Lastly, cultivate the good habit of hygiene, ask the child to wash hands whether he has peed. Make washing hands interesting by using kid-friendly soaps. Of course, the training process may sound stressful but once your child is trained your hard work will be paid off.


Written by Renu Goyal

A Child Psychologist, founder of KIDicious – Learning Differently, a child psychological therapy clinic based in Delhi. Have written various articles relating to Child Psychology in magazines like Meri Saheli, Responsible parenting, Psyinsight etc. Presented many papers in national and international conferences.


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