If your child can put on a pair of sox, he's ready to start potty training. And remember it is a process. Changes like moving , a new baby, a new school, a death in the family can set a child back, so be mindful of that and never force.
1. Stay calm, follow through, keep it fun and positive. Use Cheerios to aim at, read books together, decorate the toilet, pick out some fun underwear, anything positive which your toddler can associate with the new experience.
2. Let your child try going without a diaper for short periods of time. It's good to air out for a bit anyway. Maybe right after bath time, give 10 minute of airy diaper-free time. (Great for preventing diaper rash or helping to heal one up) If they have an accident don't get upset, just say, "better luck next time, and clean it up together.
3. Let your child go into the bathroom with you. Role modeling is powerful stuff.
4. Give your child choices, "Do you want to use the big toilet or the potty seat?" This helps a child to feel more in control.
5. Be aware of your child's urges.
6. If your child is sleeping through the night and waking up with a dry diaper, can partially dress/undress himself, can tell you when they have gone, these are all indicators that your child is ready to begin.
7. A cute book to get is "Everybody Poops"
Remember, they will not be potty training at eighteen years old! I promise!
Good Luck!! Good Parenting!!