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toilet training

Toilet training is a major milestone for all children.

Dealing calmly with the transition from nappies to using the toilet independently is vital to building your child's confidence.

what you may need...

  • potties (usually 2)
  • trainer pants (with super absorbent lining) x 4
  • packet of disposable trainer pants
  • step-up stool so your child can reach the toilet or wash basin
  • toilet training seat or comfy trainer for the loo
  • mattress protectors x 2
  • change bag with plenty of spare clothes, wipes and nappy sacks for wet clothing etc.
  • travel potty

when to start...

  • take the lead from your child – if he or she starts to show an interest and an awareness of what's happening to his or her body try introducing a potty – this maybe when your child is around 2 years old. But remember every child is different and there is no need to rush.
  • by 3 years of age most children have fairly reliable bladder and bowel control, but some aren't ready to start toilet training until they are 4; this is nothing to worry about. Most children follow this sequence: night time bowel control, daytime bowel control, daytime bladder control and finally, night time bladder control.

handy tips

  • if you're planning to start, always have a potty around so your little one can get used to sitting on it.
  • dress your child in easy to manage clothing – summer is a great time to start.
  • try to establish a daily routine. Sitting your child on his or her potty at certain times during the day may help e.g. after meal times. But always give your child plenty of encouragement and never force your child – always go at your child's pace.
  • it is very important not to put your child under any pressure – knowing a nappy is going back on at bedtime can be very comforting for your child.
  • once your child uses the potty regularly during the day, you can then move onto the real toilet.
  • being able to control the bladder at night is the final stage for your child. Remember a child of 2 to 3 can't hold urine for much longer than four to five hours.
  • ybed-wetting is very common up to the age of 7 and boys are especially prone. It can be hereditary – check this out with your family.
  • if training twins try not to compare them.
  • let your child's nursery, nanny or childminder know that you have started toilet training.

trainer pants

step stool and potty

travel potty

establish a routine