Successful ways to toilet-train

How to potty train your tot.


There’s no point starting potty training until your child is good and ready. Babies who are allowed to achieve bowel and bladder control at their own pace learn to use the potty quickly and have few accidents, experts say. It’s only when parents interfere with their tot’s progress by enforcing timetables or expecting too much, too soon that things go awry.

The average age for dry days is between 2 and 2½, but several months on either side of that still count as normal.

Signs to watch out for are wiggling about or pulling her diaper after a pee, knowing when she’s about to go and telling you, understanding when you show her what the potty is for, and liking to sit on it, even if she doesn’t actually do anything. Toilet-training is a messy affair ¾ accept that accidents are inevitable. Whatever happens, don’t get cross. And when you do get a result, really let rip with the praise and encouragement. You’ll be so chuffed, applause will come naturally.

If you’ve tried everything and it’s simply not happening, it’s likely your tot isn’t ready. So, pop the diapers back on and wait another couple of months. She’ll get there eventually. Another common stumbling block is a refusal to poop on the potty. Toddlers often need the security of a diaper for a poop even after they’ve mastered pees on the potty.  

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