Basic steps for toilet training
- Sit your child on the potty/toilet each day at times when they are likely to have a bowel movement.
- Give your child food with lots of fibre and water to help go to the toilet.
- Give your child praise for their efforts (even if progress is slow)
- Look out for signs that your child needs to go to the toilet – some cues include changes in posture, passing wind and going quiet.
- At different stages throughout the day (but not too often), you might ask your child if they need to go to the toilet. Gentle reminders are enough – it's best if your child does not feel pressured.
- Five minutes is long enough to sit a child on the potty or toilet. It’s best not to make your child sit on the toilet for long periods of time, as this will feel like punishment.
- You will need to wipe your child’s bottom at first, until they learn how. Try to remember to wipe from the front to the back – particularly with girls.
- Teach your child how to wash their hands after using the toilet. This can be a fun activity that your child enjoys as part of the routine.
- If they miss the toilet its best not to make a big deal and just clean it up without any fuss.
- If your child doesn’t cooperate or seem interested, just wait until they are willing to try again. Toilet training may take days or months.
For more information on toilet training visit http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/toilet_training.html