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How to toilet train your child

Toilet Training

Before you know it, your baby will be walking, talking and ready to stand on their own two feet! It’s true what they say… they don’t stay little for long.

And as parents, you will be responsible for helping your little one to overcome all major development milestones, including training your child how to use the toilet independently.

Many parents dread the toilet training process for many reasons, and it’s renowned for being one of the most challenging development milestones you will face as a parent!

But it needn’t be that way! In fact, toilet training can be incredibly rewarding. Here at Winchmore Preschool, parents are always asking us for tips and tricks when it comes to toilet training, and we’re always happy to help.

With this in mind, we have created a helpful guide outlining how to toilet train your child – we hope you find it helpful.

Firstly, it’s important to remember that all children develop at different stages and you shouldn’t real pressurised to rush the process, especially as this could slow the training process down, and cause distress to both you and your child.

Instead, you should look out for signs that your little one is ready to start toilet training!


Signs your child is ready to start toilet training

  • They know when their nappy is dry and wet, and they tell you
  • They know when they are passing urine and can tell you
  • They know when they are about to pass urine
  • They express discomfort about having a wet or dirty nappy
  • They are dry for at least an hour or two at a time stress for both you and your child.


When your child is ready, you should start by creating a comfortable environment for your little one to use the potty or toilet. And remember, you should start introducing your child to a potty from as early as possible, so that they are familiar with what it is and what it is used for, even before they are ready to start using it.

You should also let their nursery know to, so that they can support you through the process.


Tips for the toilet training process

  • Encourage your child to sit on their potty once a day prior to their being ready to be trained.
  • Once your child is ready to train your child let your nursery know that you are starting the process.
  • Set aside a few days at home to train your child. Give them plenty to drink. Ask them to let you know when they need to go to the toilet.
  • Sit them on the toilet regularly through the day
  • Sit with your child and talk to them in a calm and positive way.
  • If your child is successful, let them see you empty the contents into the toilet and pull the flush together.
  • Encourage them to wash their hands so they begin to establish a routine.
  • If they don’t succeed don’t mention it and try they next day, but don’t force it.
  • When they are having success, set some days aside to just concentrate on toilet training.
  • Accidents will happen, it’s all part of the learning process. When they do, it’s important not to get angry or tell your child off.
  • For a few weeks after, check in with them regularly to see if they need the toilet.
  • When you are out, ensure you take spare clothes in case of an accident.
  • When they are consistently dry when they wake up, they may be ready to come out of nappies at night.
  • It may be wise to use a waterproof sheet for a few weeks in case of accidents.


What equipment do I need?

Every child is different, and not all children will feel confident using a potty. For example, many children actually enjoy using a toilet from the offset.

With this in mind, you should explore all options available when it comes to buying a potty or a toilet seat. It’s also worthwhile taking your little ones along with you when it comes to buying a potty or toilet seat so that you can gauge what they prefer.

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