Oops! This browser is no longer supported. Please switch to a supported browser to continue using Bub Hub.

Useful? Share it!

7 tips for toilet training success

Little boy happy with his toilet training successToilet training is rarely a smooth process. There will be small steps forwards, giant leaps backwards, good days and bad days.

There are many ways to toilet train a toddler and you’ll have to find what works best for you, your child and your situation.

But there are a few sure things that will help make toilet training easier …

7 tips for toilet training success

1. Recognise the urge

Help your child to recognise when they are doing a poo or pee. You can start to do this before you start toilet training if you can tell that they’re going in their nappy. Ask them “are you going now?”. Once they can recognise when they are going, they can recognise when they need to go – this will help them once they start toilet training.

2. Make sure they’re ready

There’s no point toilet training a child before they’re showing signs they are ready. This will only prolong the process (and remember it can be a very messy and frustrating process – no one wants that to go on for long if it can be helped).

3. Don’t be shy!

Let your child watch when you go to the toilet, if you don’t mind having an audience. This way they can ask questions about what you’re doing if they want to, and hopefully garner an interest in going to toilet “just like mum or dad does”.

4. Appropriate dress

Put them in clothes that are easy to take off and put on. If they’re in a hurry, you don’t want buckles, buttons, or five layers to contend with before they can go. This is why summer is a popular season for toilet training.

5. Timing is key!

Choose the right time. Try not to start toilet training right when there are about to be disruptions in your child’s life and routine – like going on a holiday, starting childcare, moving house, or having a new baby. You need to devote a lot of time to your toddler, so distractions or disruptions could hold back their learning.

6. Take the lead

If you can predict when your child will need to go to the toilet, take them their yourself. Sit them on the toilet, talk to them about why you brought them there, and wait until they’re finishing going. Soon enough, they’ll recognise the time or the signs and take themselves to the toilet.

7. Positive praise

Praise them well. Even if it wasn’t perfect – they didn’t make it in time, or weren’t able to go once they got there – praise them for trying and taking the right steps. We have a range of toilet training reward charts for you to download and print.

About Bub Hub

Our Bub Hub team is in the thick of the sleep deprivation, tantrums and unconditional love that comes with parenting. Plus, with the support of Mater, we have unvetted access to the minds of Australia’s leading ...

Post your comment

Comment Guidelines : Play nice! We welcome opinions, discussion and compliments. Especially compliments. But remember: the person on the other side of the computer screen is someone's mum, brother, nan or highly intelligent but opinionated cat. We don't tolerate nastiness or bullying. We'll delete disrespectful comments and any replies to them. more

Thank you for contributing to our website.

Your comments must be relevant to the topic and must not be added with the purpose of causing harm or hurt.

We reserve the right to remove your comments if they:

  • Defame any person
  • Breach any person's confidentiality
  • Breach any person's intellectual property rights
  • Breach privacy laws
  • Breach anti-discrimination laws
  • Contains links, advertising or spam
  • Stalk, harrass or bully a person
  • Promote or encourage an illegal act
  • Contain course language or content

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

If you have a Gravatar, it will appear next to your comments. Read more about Gravatars here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Back to Top