Toilet training can often be a source of stress for Mums and Dads, and children too! Our advise is… relax, everyone eventually learns to use the toilet.
The average age for toilet training is three, and thats just the average. Toilet train only when you see signs that your child is ready for toilet training.
When you pick the right time, it is fast and almost stress free.
Once your child is ready to be potty trained, here are some tips to make the process less stressful for both you and your child.
- Ditch the diapers and motivate your child with cool underwear! This is always a hit!
- Buy the right equipment. Whether you are using a potty or a child’s toilet seat, ensure it is comfortable for your child. You may even want to let your child pick it out.
- Set up a potty schedule, where you take your child to the toilet/potty every hour and a half, then every two hours.
- Celebrate triumphs! Make a song and dance for every time your child does a wee in the potty!
- Choose a time when you are able to potty train your child continuously over a few days. Don’t choose times when you have to be out of the house for long periods of time. Try and keep it as consistent as you can.
- Work with your child’s preschool on all you are doing at home, so they can do the same at school. If your child does have “accidents” at school and requires your child to wear diapers, suggest pull-ups for your child.
Remember, if your child resists, do consider leaving the toilet training for a while and trying again some time later. It is not meant to be stressful for you or your child.