The Journey to Toilet Training your Toddler

Oct 6, 2023 | Latest News

Toilet training or potty training marks a significant milestone for both parents and toddlers. It can be a trying and occasionally exhausting journey, but it’s a crucial step towards independence and self-care for young children. Here are some tips for a successful toilet training experience:


There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to the “right” age to commence toilet training because each child is unique. Nevertheless, most kids are ready somewhere between the ages of 2 and 3. Watch for signs of readiness like an interest in the bathroom, longer periods of staying dry, and expressions of discomfort when dealing with a soiled diaper.


Before embarking on toilet training, prepare your child by reading books about using the toilet, discussing what to expect, and allowing them to choose their own toilet seat or step stool.


Consistency plays a pivotal role in toilet training. Establish a routine and stick to it, regularly taking your child to the toilet throughout the day. Encourage your child to sit on the toilet even when they don’t feel the urge, as it helps establish the habit.

Positive Reinforcement

Celebrate and reward your child for successful toilet trips. This can be as simple as clapping and saying “well done!” or offering a small treat or a sticker. Avoid punishing or shaming your child for accidents, as this can create negative associations with toilet use.


Toilet training is a journey that demands both time and patience, and there may be occasional setbacks. Maintain a positive and supportive attitude, and keep in mind that every child progresses at their own pace.

It’s essential to recognise that every child is distinct, and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to toilet training. Some children may take a bit longer to become fully independent in using the toilet, and that’s perfectly fine. If you encounter challenges or have concerns about your child’s progress, don’t hesitate to consult with your child’s GP or a child development specialist.

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