32 months old

This may be the moment you’ve been waiting for, or maybe it’s the one you’re dreading: Potty training. Most kids are ready to begin toilet training sometime between the ages of two and three. If your child can stay dry for a couple of hours, lets you know when his diaper is wet or soiled or shows an interest in using the potty, he’s probably ready. Keep the motivation positive and pressure-free. Kids this age learn best by example, so take him into the bathroom with you when you go (if you feel comfortable with that). Even better? Point out older friends or siblings who use the potty, and talk it up!

your toddler at 32 months
  • Sharing and being polite might still be tough, but keep using “please” and “thank you” in conversation, and talking up the concept of sharing. Be patient -- he'll get it.
  • He’s really interested in other kids, and may have started making friends.


  • toddler know-how at 32 months

    Believe us, you do not want to flush standard baby wipes (unless you really like plunging your toilet). Instead, get your potty-training kid's bum clean with a wipe that clearly says “flushable” on the label.


    The Bump experts: David W. Jones, MD, pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente Panola Medical Center and Stonecrest Medical Center; and Riley Minster, MD, pediatrician at Lakeshore Pediatrics and instructor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern


    Reminder: Medical info on The Bump is FYI only and doesn't replace a visit to a medical professional.