Your Healthy Family Team can help give you advice on getting your child ready to use the toilet.
For most children, daytime toilet training is achievable between 2-3 years of age. This is because your child can be physically and emotionally mature and able to understand what is happening.
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How do I know my child is ready?
- The nappy may stay dry for longer periods
- Your child may indicate that he/she has done a wee or soiled the nappy
- He may tell you what he/she has done
- He may show signs of needing to wee or open his bowels
Guidance and helpful information
- Choose pants and a potty together
- Place it where it is readily available – There may be only a few seconds between realising he needs it and using it
- Use appropriate clothing – elasticated trousers and pants are best
- Encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids 120-150mls (6-8 cups) daily
- When your child sits on the potty, praise and encourage him/her, be positive
- Your child’s day care setting/nursery are always a useful source of support
Toilet training FAQs
Q – How often should my child sit on the potty?
A – To begin with, try hourly and approximately 20 minutes after a meal. Don’t ask your child, he/she will invariably say “no”! Use language such as “It’s time to sit on the potty”.
Q – What if my child does not show signs of being ready by 3 years?
A – Try initially, if no progress is seen after several days, stop and contact your Healthy Family Team for advice.
Q – What if my child is constipated or refuses to ‘poo’ on the potty/toilet?
A – Encourage plenty of fluids and a variety of high fibre foods. Some children have a fear of pooing – you can help by trying some of these ideas;
- Lining the potty with a nappy
- Scrunching toilet paper in to the bowl
- Distract with singing, activities, books etc
- Songs like ‘Row,row,row your boat’ and blowing bubbles may also help to distract and relax his/her muscles
- Download the ‘Poo Goes to Pooland’ app
Q – How do I manage potty training when out and about?
A – Take a change of clothes with you. Take the potty with you, locate nearby toilets and have regular ‘toilet runs’. You can also purchase a portable potty, which you may find useful.