Helping your child learn to use the potty or toilet is a big and very exciting step for you both. 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.Toilet training: signs children are readyYou might see signs that your child is ready for toilet training from about 2 years on. Some children show signs of being ready as early as 18 months, and some might be older than 2 years.It might be time for toilet training if your child:
Not all these signs need to be present when your child is ready. A general trend will let you know it’s time to start.
If you’re thinking about toilet training, you might like to check out our
toilet training guide in pictures. You could even print it out and stick it up somewhere handy.Equipment for toilet training
Potty or toiletChildren can start toilet training using a potty or the toilet. Your child might like one better than the other. Or you can encourage your child to use both.
A potty is easy to move around, and some children find it less scary than a toilet.
On the other hand, the toilet is where everybody else does wees and poos.
If your child will be using the toilet, you’ll also need:
Training pants and pull-upsYour child is more likely to understand going to the toilet if they’re no longer wearing a nappy. So it might be time to get some training pants and/or pull-ups:
UnderpantsYou could let your child choose some underpants. This can be an exciting step.
Preparing children for toilet training
Getting started with toilet training
Out and about while toilet training
It’s easier to stay home for a few days when you start toilet training, but you’ll probably have to go out at some stage.
Accidents and setbacks while toilet trainingAccidents and setbacks are part of toilet trainingChildren might get upset because of an accident or setback. If this happens, reassure your child that it doesn’t matter and there’s no need to worry.Here are ideas to help with avoiding accidents:
Try to stay calm if toilet training seems to take longer than you expect. Stay positive about your child’s achievements, because he’ll get there eventually. Too much tension or stress can lead to negative feelings and might result in your child avoiding going to the toilet.Staying dry overnight
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