How to toilet train your child

Toilet Training

Being a parent is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world, especially when it comes to helping your child to overcome major milestones in their development such as toilet training.

And although many parents dread the challenge of toilet training their little one, the experience can be less stressful than you imagined.

Here at Muswell Preschool, our parents are always asking us for advise when it comes to successfully toilet training their little ones, so we decided to put together a helpful guide outlining some of the ways that you can train your child to use the toilet.

Firstly, it’s vital that you recognise some of the signs that your child is actually ready to toilet train, as if you rush the process, this could actually slow down the process and cause unnecessary distress, which could be avoided.


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

Once your child is ready, it’s important that you create a relaxing and comfortable environment that they know to go to, to use their potty. Oh and remember to let your child’s nursery know too!

It’s always best to introduce your child to toilet training gradually, and have a potty ready for your child so they get used to seeing it around the house. You should also take the time to explain to your little one what it is and what it is used for, so by the time they are ready to begin their toilet training journey, they are familiar with their potty.


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.

And remember, not all children prefer to use a potty, some will feel more confident using a toilet from the offset! There is a huge range of potties and toilet seats available to buy and it’s always a good idea to take your child with you when you buy one.