When to start toilet training
Your child is your best guide when trying to decide when to start toilet training. There is no magic number as to what age is appropriate, each child is different and will show signs of readiness at a different age. As I experienced with my own children, some toddlers will take to the idea of moving out of nappies and into underwear very well, while others will be less interested in losing the security of their nappy.
Look for signs of toilet training readiness
Do not force or rush this stage of your child’s development as you want it to be a positive experience for you and your child and not a battle that will stress you both out. Look for signs such as waking up with a dry nappy, points to their nappy or indicates that he or she has done a wee or a poo or demands to be changed when they have a soiled their nappy. Children love to feel like a “big kid” so it’s a good idea to talk to your child about moving out of nappies and being promoted to underwear, they will love wearing underwear in their favourite colour or with characters on them.
You may want to model going to the toilet and provide your child with a potty or steps to reach the toilet. Boys may benefit from a potty or toilet seat that has a raised or cupped area at the front that prevents them weeing outwards. When your child does use the potty or toilet show them just how happy and excited you are. They will want to seek your approval so showing your child that you are proud of their efforts will ensure that they will want to repeat their success.
Show your approval with little rewards
Some children will respond well to rewards such as stickers or the knowledge that you will take them to the park after they have gone to the toilet. It’s a good idea not to go out for long periods of time while you are focusing on toilet training, as some children may be happy to go to the toilet or potty at home but not outside the house in the early stage. If you do go out resist the temptation to put your child in nappies or pull ups, as this may delay their toilet training, just be sure to take a spare change of clothes with you.
While some children become dry during the night as well as the day without too much fuss, many more children will take longer and may wet through the night or during a nap even if they become dry during the day. Using the Up and Under Linen & Mattress Protector will protect the mattress and all blankets from getting wet, allowing your child to sleep in their underwear while they learn to stay dry.
The information in this article are provided for background purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Seek assistance from a health care professional in applying this information to your individual and specific circumstances.