Maybe potty training is the reason people call it “The Terrible Twos.”
I think it’s because many children aren’t potty trained yet. The biggest tip I can give you for conquering those “Terrible Twos” is to start potty training early.
Something happens to kids at some point between 2 and 2.5. They realize they are not the same person as mommy. See, a baby that came from mom, has nursed on mom, slept with mom and seldom ever is without parents - sort of thinks he is a piece of them or perhaps that mom is a piece of him. For this reason, baby will continue to be kind and sweet to his parents and want every piece of their attention. When he gains that knowledge of independence, you can end up with a defiant little tornado.
Potty training best happens in a calm place, where baby wants so much to please mom. Do you catch your 18-month-old doing things so you can be proud of him? You’ve hit the green light, baby!
There are a lot of “signs of readiness” posts online you can go read but truth be told, potty training will happen best when YOU say it will. Try to arm yourself with a plan before you get half-way through two.
So is 16 months too early to potty train?
No! If your child can walk to the potty and get on it, then you CAN potty train. Many countries start potty training at 12 months old. There is a reason why they can do this and we typically don't. It's all in the culture. Their mothers potty trained at 12 months, so they will potty train at 12 months. It's what they know, and they are comfortable with it, and the plan was passed down from mother to daughter,
But I need to encourage you to only potty train when you are comfortable. This means you are comfortable with the idea that your child can do it, and you are ready to be consistent yourself. I've met so may moms that come to me and say they really see the signs with their 16 month old, but they just can't believe they should do this so young. People told them to wait until two. You don't have to wait, but you have be educated and consistent, with a plan.
Laura Woj will help. Just head to her page and let her know your child's age and when you want to start potty training. She will add you to her Scaredy Cat Potty Training private Facebook group, and you'll be all set!