Children only gain control of their bowel and bladder when they're physically ready, the age varies from child to child.
Bowel control tends to come before bladder control.
By 2 years, 1 in 2 children are dry during the day.
By 3 years, 9 out of 10 children are dry most of the day.
Staying dry at night - most learn this between 3 and 5 years.
Learning to use the potty
Watch and wait for signs that your child is ready
They become aware they are wet or soiled.
They know when they need to do a wee or poo.
Remember not to force your child to use the potty.
Try not to make it seem so important. Don't get too carried away when they sit on the potty for the first time. Acknowledge it by giving some praise, something like good boy, well done. Don't celebrate by offering lollies. Give a hug. Keep it simple. Remember, children respond better to praise than criticism.
Leave the potty where the child can see it.
Try taking the nappy off only in the mornings to begin with, up until 1pm.
Let your child see you using the toilet.
If your child has a regular time each day of passing a motion then, take nappy off at that time.
The summer is a good time to start. Do not draw too much attention to accidents.
Remember to show your child how to wash their hands after using the potty.
If your child refuses to use the potty, take the pressure off and put the nappy back on. They're probably not ready.
They may have little accidents for some time. When they get excited or when they are really enjoying play, they forget to go! Remember this is often very upsetting for them so don't overreact. Keep a spare set of clothes in your bag for a bit longer.
If your child has been dry and then starts to dirty themselves again, there may be something upsetting them eg. If there is a new baby in the house, they don't feel they are getting enough attention, or even a change of house. If there are no emotional concerns or changes, then please see a doctor.
Relax; remember your child will not want to go to school in nappies.
Try and make Toilet Training fun! Are you ready to take the toilet challenge?
Enjoy The Wiggles Toilet Training song, animated by our friends at Super Simple Songs!