How long does potty training take?

The journey to becoming potty trained can at times feel never-ending but it helps to remember that you and your little one will get there eventually.

How long does it take to potty train on average?

There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to how long potty training should take. How long a child takes to fully potty train varies from child to child, however, on average it will take a child three months to establish their potty training routine confidently.

Always remember that the period of time your child takes to complete potty training does not reflect on their intelligence or abilities; every child will cope with this early life milestone in different ways, and will get there eventually.

Look out for the typical signs of readiness

Age is just a number when it comes to toilet training and every child will be ready at different ages. Many adults will search for advice on how to potty train quickly, but toilet training a toddler takes time and patience. There are useful signs of readiness to look out for and at Huggies® Pull-Ups®, we suggest that if your Big Kid is showing at least three signs, then they might be ready to start training.

Potty training girls

Typically, girls can pick up new routines such as potty training earlier than some boys. Although this may be the case, potty training a girl won’t necessarily be easier than potty training a boy. Every child is different and the way they develop and learn is unique to them.

To gain some more insight, check out our advice on how to potty train girls.

Potty training boys

Although boys can take longer to learn to potty train in comparison to girls, this is not by a significant amount. Boys tend to seek to be active and on-the-go a lot more than girls, leaving less desire to sit down and potty train.

Pick up some more advice on how to potty train boys.

When to start potty training?

There is no right or wrong time to start potty training. On average, children tend to show signs of readiness to potty train between the ages of two-three with the average potty training age being 27 months.

The most important thing to remember is that potty training should only be considered if you feel both you and your child are ready. Potty training can be an emotional milestone, so take time and try not to put too much pressure on you and your little one for instant potty training success.

If you're feeling unsure if your child is ready to take the potty training plunge, take a look at our article on what age to start potty training for more insight on the right age to get started.