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Tips for potty training toddlers

Wondering how to potty train or when to start potty training? Read our potty-training tips and tricks to help toddlers hit the spot.

2 mins to read Sep 22, 2020
  • Look out for signs that your toddler is ready to try potty training. This will often somewhere between the ages of 2-3 years, but can be later for some children.
  • They may be dry in their diaper for several hours in a row or show an interest by watching you or reading a potty book.
  • They might tell you when they’ve done a pee or a poop in their diaper or they might tell you as they're doing a pee or poop in their diaper. A running commentary—lovely!
  • They may fidget with their diaper or go somewhere quiet when they need to pee or hide when they need to poop.
  • Speak to your daycare about their potty-training policy.
  • Don’t attempt to start toilet training when your toddler may be unsettled (e.g. house move, new sibling).
  • Let them have diaper-free time during the day, with the potty close at hand.
  • Invite your toddler to sit on the potty for a few minutes at set times each day (after meals, before bath time).
  • If your little one won’t sit still, try giving them a book to flick through.
  • If they are not willing to try at all, see if they are interested in sitting on the grown-up toilet with with a child’s toilet training seat. If they’re not quite ready yet, try again soon.
  • Once you’ve started potty training, it can take between 3 and 6 months before your child is totally out of diapers.
  • Accidents are inevitable so praise the successes, with lots of encouragement.
  • Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about how potty training is going.



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