Are you and your toddler just about ready to say goodbye to nappies for good? Then it’s time to start thinking about toilet training.
We have plenty of helpful information, tools, free samples, prizes and even advice from experts and other parents, to guide both you and your toddler right through to graduation.
Don’t be nervous about your first day of School, we know it can seem a bit overwhelming for both you and your toddler. However, we are here to help!
Not all children will progress through toilet training school at the same pace. For some kids it will all seem easy. For others it can be a journey full of highs and lows. But to give yourself and your toddler the best chance at success make sure you are armed with the tools, information and advice you need!
Trust your child, and let them set the pace. While we might think a “little push” is a good thing, when it comes to toilet training it’s not helpful to force them to learn too fast. Just support them with the encouragement and positive feedback they need. If you’re curious, then look out for the Signs of Readiness.
It’s really great for your toddler to hear you say “You’ll do better next time” or “Don’t worry about the accident, we’ll get it right soon”. Keep building their confidence. Encourage those ‘Big Kid’ feelings!
Try your best to avoid giving mixed signals. Switching back and forth to nappies is confusing to a toddler. Once you make the switch to training pants, stick with it. Wearing training pants makes your toddler feel like a “big girl” or “big boy”.
There will be accidents! But mistakes are how all of us learn. There may be times when your toddler seems like they are regressing. Don’t be discouraged – this is perfectly normal. Stay confident that things will be back on track in no time.
There is no ‘magic toilet training age’ – but it is always a good time to get prepared. The majority of children are ready sometime between 18 months and 3 years, although most do not fully master toileting skills until after their 2nd birthday. If many of the Signs of Readiness listed below are clearly present, it’s probably time to start thinking about toilet training. Remember, if your first attempts are met with little success, or if your toddler starts out fine but then seems to take a step backwards, don’t worry. Just pause and start again later when your little one feels more ready or is more interested in starting. If you try again with not much luck, consider some toilet training tips.
Q What will I need?
A “Good information on toilet training, a potty or training seat, training pants and tools”
Q Is there any right age to start?
A “Put briefly, no. Most children toilet train between 18 and 30 months, for the best chances of painless success watch for signs of toilet training readiness”
Q What are the signs of readiness to toilet train?
A “Recognising the urge to of, talking about ‘wee’ or ‘poo’, showing discomfort when there are wet or have a full nappy and your child demonstrating the ability to follow instruction”
Q What about when I’m at work?
A “If your child is under the care of someone else, make sure you’ve spoken with them about how to toilet train, using the same approach as you and what to do, to ensure consistency”
Q Is there anything to help motivate my child to learn?
A “Yes. Toilet training tools like books, stencils, activities, games and progress charts with stickers can not only make toilet training fun for your child, but also boost their interest in succeeding”
Q What about when I’m out and about?
A “Consider a travel potty, or if that is not practical, training pants - like Nappy-Pants - make life a little easier”
Q I’m having problems, what do I do?
A “If your child is having setbacks, the potty or having accidents, consider holding off on training until they’re ready. Toilet training problems usually occur for this reason”