Helping your child to start to use the potty or toilet is a big and very exciting step for both you and your child. If you stay positive and calm, your child will be more likely to settle into things. The secret is to wait for signs that your child is ready for toilet training.
Most children learn to tell when they need to do a number 1 or 2 at different ages. Generally signs that your child is ready for toilet training appear from about the age of two years on, although some children show signs of being ready as early as 18 months. Night-time training can be as late as eight years, although most children stop wetting at night by the time they’re five.
The best way to start toilet training is to choose a start day when you have no plans to leave the house. Begin using underpants during the day and ensure your child has on clothes that are easy to take off.
Ensure you praise your child for their efforts, even if the progress is slow. During the day you may ask your child if they need to go to the toilet so it gives them a gentle reminder that they are not wearing a nappy.
Basic Steps for Toilet Training:
- Choose a start date
- Dress your child in clothes that are east to take off
- Look out for signs that they need to go
- Ask your child every now and then if they need to go to the toilet to remind them
- Don’t make your child sit on the toilet or potty if they don’t want to
- Praising your child will encourage their progress
Helpful Toilet Training Products:
- Potties & Toilet Seats
- Steps & stools
- Training Pants