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May Show an Interest in Being Potty Trained (16-25 Months)

Many toddlers are ready for toilet training after their second birthday, but early training is possible with some children. If a child is capable of following directions, shows an interest in imitating family members in the bathroom, experiences bowel movements on a regular schedule, and has a diaper that is not always wet, they may be ready for toilet training. Although early potty training is convenient, it may place unnecessary pressure on a young toddler and is generally accomplished more quickly with older children.


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