Top 10 Toilet Training Tips to Potty Train Your Toddler

This may come as a surprise to you but potty training or toilet training for your toddler need not be a daunting task at all. In this article, I shall be sharing with you 10 Toilet Training Tips to get your toddler potty trained in no time.

1. Be Patient And Open Minded

Accept that toilet training a toddler may take a long time and there may be many setbacks along the way. Be patient during setbacks could booster your child’s confidence. Be open minded and listen to tips and advices by various sources. Then select a technique to use and try it. If it doesn’t work, move on to the next one.

2. Age of Your Child

It is best to toilet train your child at the age of 18 months to 4 years old. Anything earlier is likely a waste of time as children below that age has no or little control over the bladder and bowel movements. As the child gets older, his / her bladder capacity is larger so toilet or potty training can be achieved much faster.

3. Observe For Signs Of Readiness

You can tell if your toddler is ready for potty training by observing the following tell-tale signs

a. Bowel movements are predictable
b. Able to stay dry for at least 2 to 3 hours
c. Ability to understand and perform simple instructions
d. Express he / she is about to urinate or bowel movement in facial expression, words or posture
e. Uncomfortable with soiled diapers
f. Occupied with an activity for at least 10 minutes

4. Items Required For Toilet Training

a. Potty chairs (at least 2 to 3 identical ones to make sure one is close at hand)

b. A doll (try to choose the same gender as your toddler)

c. Underpants or training pants (easily pulled up or down)

d. Rewards (Your child’s favourite toys or sweets)

e. Wall chart (to keep track of progress)

Note: Bring your toddler to shop for the above items and let him / her has a say in the purchase.

5. Potty Train The Doll Or Teddy Bear

The doll or teddy bear is a great teaching tool.  Go through the motion of feeding water to it, tell your child that it needs the potty and rush it to the potty.  Repeat that a couple of times and explain the concepts to your child.

6. Getting Used To The Potty

Encourage your toddler to sit on the potty chair and each time going through the exact steps like removing the underpants, sitting down, releasing bladder or bowel movements, wiping up, flushing and finally washing of hands. The idea is to get him / her used to the potty and the routine.

7. Set Aside Time For Toilet Training Day

Once your child is used to Tip 6, allocate time for uninterrupted time for toilet training day where you will need to focus on your toddler full time.  Watch out for signs of bladder or bowel movement throughout the day and quickly rush him / her to the potty as soon as possible.

8. Plenty of Fluids

Ensure that your toddler has plenty of fluid like water and fruits on the day. It will be difficult to train a child if he / she constipates which could result in a painful experience and may put him / her off potty altogether.

9. Celebrate Success

Every time your toddler succeeded in using the potty, celebrate and make him / her feel good about the achievement. The child will feel encouraged to “repeat” the performance.

10. Using Rewards

Finally, rewards can be used to encourage your child for using the potty.  Some examples are giving sticker to stick on the wall chart, lots of praise, new toy or him/her favorite sweets.  Follow these top 10 toilet training tips and you will be able to potty train your child in no time.