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. You can ready about it here...