Use simple instructions
Choose words you won’t mind using continually, even in public
Praise your child for trying
Learning to anticipate when your child needs the toilet can take time.
Dress them in easily removable clothing
Sometimes waiting for warmer weather is better because they are wearing less clothes
Take them to the toilet every 2-3 hours during the day
Encourage sitting on the toilet for short periods
Don’t force your child to sit there if they don’t want to
Clean up accidents with as little fuss as possible
Help them wash their hands after going to the toilet
Don’t try toilet training if there’s too much happening
A new sibling, moving house, illness
Be patient and supportive
There are several ways to introduce your toddler to the toilet. The following options are dependent on budget, environment, and your toddler’s preference.
You can use a potty anywhere in your home, or when you’re out. Just remember to always respect your child’s privacy.
You can purchase a step chair and toilet seat that sit over your regular toilet. Some parents state this makes their child feel more secure, as they are more stable, and can use the toilet like mum and dad.
A child-sized toilet insert may help your toddler feel more secure, and less likely to fall into the toilet.
Steps or Footstool
Place a small set of steps or a footstool with a non-slip base in front of your regular toilet, to help your child get on the toilet independently. If you have a boy, he may prefer to stand in front of the toilet on the step stool.