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What’s the Average Age for Potty Training Boys and Girls?

Learning to use the toilet is an important milestone. Most children start working on this skill between 18 months and 3 years of age. The average age of potty training falls somewhere around 27 months.

The timeline for your child will depend on their:

  • signs of readiness
  • developmental skills
  • focus on the task

Generally, experts explain that children younger than a year up to 18 months old don’t have control over their bladder and bowels. Training before this time may not yield the best results.

Read on to learn more about potty training, including differences in training boys versus girls, signs of readiness, and tips for successful potty training.

Is your child ready?



You may have noticed certain facial expressions or changes in activity, like crossing legs or holding the genitals, that indicate your little one’s bladder is full or that they need to empty their bowels.


Other signs of readiness include:


  • being able to verbally express wants or needs
  • being able to sit on and rise up from a toilet or potty
  • having a desire to please (for example, enjoying praise)
  • imitating adults or siblings
  • having bowel movements on a schedule
  • having longer periods of a dry diaper
  • following one-step instructions
  • showing a desire for more independence in general

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